Spurs take action against lax steward caught skimping on his security checks ahead of Bournemouth clash
In the wake of the Dortmund bus attack3, security has been stepped up at football grounds across Europe. But the contractor was filmed by one pundit making only the most token of efforts to search fans prior to their entry into White Hart Lane. After the video was posted to Twitter, Spurs quickly responded with a statement that revealed the steward in question was actually a contractor and not a direct employee of the club’s.
The steward appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright) Security steward at Tottenham appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright)
“The contractor has apologised and we’ve taken action accordingly,” said the club.
There was a fierce backlash against the steward, who was accused of a serious lack of ‘professionalism’ and ‘laziness’ in the manner with which he carried out his duties. However, many also criticised the original poster of the video, suggesting he should have contacted the club in a more private manner. Security around football matches has been back in the spotlight following the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus that ocurred on April 12th, ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco, which was subsequently postponed by 24 hours.
Security has been back in the spotlight following April 12th’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus (Photo: AFP) That attack left defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist (Photo: Instagram/marcbartra)
While no one was seriously harmed in the incident, it did leave defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist.
German investigators are currently investigating several lines of inquiry, with numerous far right extremist groups taking responsibility for the attack.
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For most people, a job is just a job to get done, get through, so you can get on with your life.
It should not be like that for security . Not at football stadiums . Not today. We’ve seen this in plenty of places: those responsible for making sure no-one takes anything they’re not supposed to into a ground offering the most laissez-faire approach to frisking. Even as a journalist, when you’re carrying a bag absolutely ram-packed with a laptop, chargers, microphones, notes, food and then you have all that covered with more clothes you’ve stored for extra layers, you barely get checked .
You might get asked to open your bag and you’ll half-way do that for one part of it and show the clothes and explain it’s just a laptop and stuff beneath and that’s usually enough to get you on through.
The security in some places operates on blind faith because what they’re really asking you when they ask to see your bag is basically just for an alibi if their boss accuses them of otherwise . They’re not performing these checks to really maintain safety – or because it’s important . In some cases, they’re just doing it out of obligation, because it’s on their job descriptions. It’s a task that needs done and a box that needs ticked. Most people would do anything to avoid a fuss, never mind a confrontation so we’re in serious danger that some elements of security have slacked just to make things a little more convenient.
At White Hart Lane on Saturday, when Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Bournemouth, some footage captured outside the ground was a real eye-opener. The security checks were minimal to say the least . Two fingers grazing the top of the sleeve, a quick pat on the ribs, away you go .
Sometimes neither the sleeve nor the ribs were even felt. Basically just an open, welcome invitation. But Tottenham Hotspur have since responded on the matter.
“We’ve been made aware of the footage, the contractor has apologised and we have taken appropriate action as a result,” the club said.
Still, the matter that split opinion. It should be remembered that this job directly affects the safety of thousands of people so perhaps being lenient isn’t the best standard. We’re not going to church after all.
A Muslim woman filmed airport security staff in Rome telling her to remove her hijab and be inspected because she was “not safe”. Aghnia Adzkia was returning to London, where she is a student, after visiting friends in the Italian capital when the row broke out. She said staff initially asked her to remove her hijab at the security gate at Ciampino airport.
When Aghnia, who is from Indonesia, refused she was eventually offered the option of going to a private room with a female security officer to be checked. But she felt she had been racially profiled by security and asked them to explain why the hijab inspection was necessary.
Muslim woman films her row with airport security over hijab inspection (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
Aghnia filmed part of the argument in which a female security agent can be heard saying: “You are not safe.
“You could hide something in your hair.
“If you don’t take it off, we do not know if there’s something inside, okay ? You are not safe for us.”
Aghnia decided to abandon her flight as she was already late for boarding and re-booked a flight from another of Rome’s airport’s, Leanardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino.
But she was again asked to remove her hijab by security. This time she opted to comply. Posting on social media about her experience, Aghnia said: “I wanted to prove to them that I have nothing to hide and I am not a terrorist.
A female airport security agent tells Aghnia: “You are not safe for us” (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
“In the meantime I saw two nuns wearing headscarves, but they weren’t asked to take them off.
“Is this what you call fair treatment and respect ?
Where are my human rights?”
But an official at the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) argued that, when in Rome, Aghnia should have complied with the security officers’ wishes.
Airport policies on removing items of religious clothing vary in different countries and airports.
Aghnia claims she was racially profiled as she saw two nuns wearing headscarves walk through security unchecked (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
In the UK, government advice issued in 2010 states that Some female visitors, particularly those of the Muslim faith, will wear veils or other face coverings for religious reasons.
“They must not be made to uncover their faces or hair in public or in front of a man as this could cause serious offence and distress.
“When required for security or identification purposes, the removal of the veil or face covering must be done in private with only female staff present.
“Following the removal of headwear, the person must be given the opportunity to use a mirror, and to have privacy and time to put it back on.”