'ISIS has Euro 2016 in its sights': German spy chief fears football fans will be latest victims of jihadi terror
- Hans-Georg Maassen warned there had been 'plenty of background noise'
- Some 2.5 million fans will follow the 24 teams around France for a month
- Maassen admitted there was no specific intelligence of a particular plot
- 90,000 police and security guards will be deployed during the tournament
ISIS is planning a terror attack on the Euro 2016 championship in France according to Germany's top spy.
Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution admitted that there had been 'background noise' but no evidence of a specific plot.
An estimated 2.5 million people are due to follow the 24 teams at Euro 2016 across France.
Security experts fear any large gathering of people is a potential target for jihadis.
Last year, ISIS terrorists managed to kill 130 people during a string of co-ordinated attacks across Paris which targeted a football stadium, a concert hall, bars and cafes.
The games, which start on June 10, will be held across 10 stadiums.
Maassen told the Rheinsche Post: 'We know that ISIS has the European Championship in its sights.'
He admitted there was no firm intelligence of a specific threat, but there was 'quite a lot of background noise, an elevated number of indications' that ISIS, al Qaeda or the Syrian Nusra Front were plotting atrocities.
French officials have already admitted some games could be played behind closed doors depending on the threat level.
'We can't exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism.'
As well as the jihadi threat, France is trying to cope with violent labour protests and a fuel strike.
The tensions and fuel panic have added to concern about security for Euro 2016, already facing what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the double menace of violent Islamic extremism and hooliganism.
Cazeneuve told reporters that the government respects the right to strike and does not see the labor movement as a 'threat'.
He said it won't disrupt protection of the June 10-July 10 championship, which will involve an unprecedented 90,000 police, soldiers, private guards and others ensuring security. That includes dozens of security officials from the other countries whose teams are competing.
He said: 'Public transport is working ... (oil) supply points are unblocked, gas stations have stocks, so I invite all those who want to come to France to come and enjoy an important sports event.'
Cazenueve said border checks would be reinforced, noting that 18,000 people have been turned away from French borders since Islamic extremist attacks in November on the national stadium, cafes and a rock concert that killed 130 people.
The government would not give estimates for the overall cost of the security, though has said £18.2m are being spent on fan zones in the 10 host cities.
Jacques Lambert, president of the Euro 2016 organizing committee, said organizers are working to ensure that security measures at the event don't overshadow the sport, saying authorities won't be checking 'every sandwich'.
Cazeneuve reiterated his determination to hold the championship and open fan zones as planned.
He added: 'France must remain France and that is why, despite the high level of the terrorist threat which continues to weigh on our country ... the Tour de France will take place and in the same way, that is the reason why the football Euro 2016 will take place. It will take place because nobody, and especially not the terrorists, will prevent us from continuing to live normally.'