MLS adding new security measures at stadiums

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NEW YORK (AP) Fans attending games at Major League Soccer venues will be subject to pat down searches or screenings with wands starting Saturday.

New security guidelines announced by the league also prohibit large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks and other large bags. Bags will also be subject to searches.

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Ray Whitworth, senior vice president of security and operations, said the updated measures will bring MLS in line with other professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Under the new policy, each venue will decide which screening measure – pat downs or wands – is used. The security procedures will apply to all soccer games at MLS venues, not just league games.