Wednesday, May 6, 2009

FIFA Pushing for Stricter Security Preparations

In the wake of a deadly fan crush that claimed 19 lives at a March World Cup qualifying match in Ivory Coast, FIFA officials are working with national security officers for workshops on ensuring security as World Cup qualifying events and during the final tournament. This security initiative was implemented in 2006, largely in response to the looming 2010 World Cup in crime-addled South Africa.

Fifa's stadium and security committee this week also confirmed the dates for the Fifa national security officers' workshops, which are expected to be held in each of the six soccer federations, starting next month.

The committee's chairperson, Junji Ogura, of Japan, said the workshops would start in Cairo next month and end in Miami early next year.

The workshops formed part of Fifa's global security concept, said Ogura.

The global security concept was established by Fifa in 2006, and was introduced to improve security at stadiums to be used for the 2010 Fifa World Cup qualifying rounds.

Ogura said the workshops would involve the national security officers from each of the participating countries, confederation security officers, as well as members of Fifa's stadium and security committee.

"A core focus will be on the implementation of Fifa's safety regulations, which have been in operation since January 1, 2009," said Ogura.

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