South Africa Security For FIFA World Cup Tournament In Doubt
June 6, 2010 7:55pm CST
I am a little uncomfortable about the security for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Tournament where 10 people were taken to the hospital - with one police officer suffering serious injuries - after 1,000 spectators rushed to get into the friendly match yesterday between Nigeria and North Korea at the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg. This report along with the pictures are really worrying on how South African organizers are going to deal with 350,000 visiting supporters for the World Cup tournament. It is learned that the pandemonium started when spectators tried to breakdown the gates after the kick off. Then, there's the group of fans who attempted to enter the grounds carrying photocopies of free tickets which had been distributed before the match. If whatever happened outside of the stadium is not enough, there was a problem inside the ground where a railing attached to a grandstand broke loose and left hundreds of fans just feet from a dangerous fall from the terracing. This is very worrying even though the South African tournament organisers had made assurances that security for the England friendly would be 'intensified.' And with the forthcoming tournament, I just hope that there would not be any more incidents to increase the doubts and fears for all participants and fans. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1284442/Thousands-football-fans-stampede-gates-ahead-World-Cup-warmup-match.html
8 Jun 10
Incidents like this happen at any stadium even for regular matches but those are probably "less" important, right? Wrong, people get injured as well, doesn't matter the importance of the event. The World Cup itself should be more intensive in security measures, it has been like that since I can remember, it is an event that has involved even political and religious interests, therefor no organizing country can afford not to take care of every aspect that the entire world will be watching for a full month and a half. What team you'll be cheering for?