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Police taking no chances with AFL final

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Rachel Gray

Authorities in Victoria are on high alert ahead of this weekend's AFL grand final even though the threat level for the clash between the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans has not risen.

"No threats have been made in relation to infrastructure or these events," Victoria Police Minister Lisa Neville told AAP on Wednesday.

But a massive police presence will target anti-social behaviour, with extra officers patrolling car parks and train stations for Saturday's match at the MCG before an expected crowd of 100,000.

"There has been no (new) threat against the MCG or this event but we will be taking no chances in what the police response will be," Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters on Wednesday.

Victoria Police, the AFL and the Melbourne Cricket Club had developed a "stringent security plan".

Earlier this month senior police insisted it was safe for fans to attend the AFL final despite Islamic State calling on followers to commit lone-wolf attacks at the MCG.

At the time Mr Leane said no "direct threat" had been made against any particular event in Melbourne.

Authorities branded the Islamic State call to arms "propaganda", because country-specific targets had simply been substituted into a generic publication also issued in French, German and Indonesian.

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