Security at the World Cup

worldcupThis past weekend, around 30 World Cup fans without tickets breached a security gate and security guards to make their way into a game at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, according to an article from the New York Times. The fans stormed the gates in an attempt to see Argentina play Bosnia.

According to FIFA, nine of the ticketless fans were detained by a “second layer” of security inside the stadium and the rest went back outside after confronted. None of the ticketless fans ended up getting into the game and the nine that were detained were turned over to law enforcement. Video footage of the incident can be seen here.

In another incident over the weekend, thousands of fans missed the start of the France vs. Honduras game when one-third of the personnel hired to screen bags failed to show up, according to the New York Times. The long lines caused the fans to miss the game all the way up until midway through the first half. If these two problems aren’t enough cause for security alarm, FIFA also stated that it confiscated roughly 50 counterfeit tickets at matches on Sunday—a rise from the typical number of 25-30.

The New York Times also reports, in a separate article, that security guards at the 12 World Cup stadiums aren’t even allowed to watch the matches. Guards cannot watch the game or even look at the field. Despite the seemingly attentive security staff, breaches and holes in security such as the examples above have been occurring. Why do you think this is the case? Are there flaws in the World Cup’s security? 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Jun 18, 2014

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