The first Arab country to host the World Cup has already begun working with several police agencies across the world
The Euro 2016 held in France last year saw the English and Russian fan groups clash before and after the group game in Marseille . Two nights before the match saw clashes across the French city while as soon as the full-time whistle blew, ultras from the Russian end1 made their way towards England supporters and began throwing punches and kicks. Nasser Al Khater, Assistant General Secretary for Tournament Affairs for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, stated that the State of Qatar has already begun working on a plan in order to deal with hooliganism at the 2022 World Cup. He went on to mention that Qatar is engaged in conversations with police agencies from various countries and are preparing a list of people who have had a notorious background.
Every tournament has its risks and this is typical with any major event . As long as we have a robust security and safety plan, you are able to minimize destruction as much as possible .
The good thing is that we have started working early . We have started working with Interpol (International Police Organisation) and ICSS (International Centre for Sport Security) from very early on.
What s good is that we work with security and police forces of various countries that have a large database of people who have created trouble in the past . We are fortunate that the information sharing is taking place . We hope to minimise the people who in the past have caused trouble, from being involved in the World Cup . I think that s an important thing that we shouldn t ignore, he answered to a query on how Qatar will deal with hooligan culture. Probably for the first time in the history, one of the venues is ready more than five years before the World Cup kicks-off.
There was never a World Cup which had 12 year lead time also ! I think Khalifa s refurbishment is not just for the World Cup as it will host the 2019 s World Athletics Championship .
We will have stadiums ready relatively early as compared to other World Cups . We have a deadline of 2020, said Khater.
Asia will host only its second World Cup in 2022 and Khater opines that football in the world s largest continent is very much on the rise both from a technical and investment standpoint.
I think it s going with the trend . I think Asian football is rising . It is becoming more competitive . There is a lot of investment from Asia especially from China in football . Technically too, the football is improving . It will be 20 years since Asia last hosted the World Cup . So it will be a source of immense joy and pride for the people of the region and Qatar, he mentioned.
The World Cup in Qatar will be a different experience for fans as for the very first time it is being hosted in a country where each venue isn t very far from the other . Commuting will not be a challenge as a fan can just hop into a metro and enjoy the greatest footballing extravaganza.
Look obviously, our slogan was Expect amazing . We wanted to be true to that but also we promised an innovative World Cup . I think we are sticking to that promise as well . The amount of research going into this World Cup is immense . We have a new type of signature grass that is made for the region . We have the solar fuelled helmets, the cooling vests and the stadium alert system.
There is a weather station at the construction sites too . If the temperature goes beyond a certain point, the alarm goes on and the workers stop working .
Because of the heat in Qatar after a certain temperature the work has to stop . It used to be done manually but now this one is completely automated . To answer your question, yes there was a drive . We wanted to be innovative and there was a drive to be sustainable . There was a drive to develop spot beyond just football, he signed off.
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preventive police monitoring of high risk people ?
Is that the sort of thing which is called spying & cvauses diplomatic incidents when the CIA do it? Posted on 4/13/17 | 8:55 AM CEST
Ohhh, and when some people were saying that 1-2 years ago, Mrs Merkel and her political allies were calling them racist, fascist and xenophobes. Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:03 AM CEST
Am sure empress ditherer of bankrupt EZ empire the germans will pay the price even more
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST
Yes Alan . Spying by security services . Current terrorism shows why we should do it, and a little thought shows us why it s so dangerous to overdo it.
As an example, consider the UK s snooper s charter . It completely tilts the balance between the State and the individual as far as electronic spying is concerned. You can also take international spying on friendly states too far . Take e.g . the UK installing phone taps on the EU in Brussels .
Or the CIA tapping Mrs . Merkel s phone. By your logic, EU countries would be fully justified in trying to tap Mrs . May s phone and using that to improve negotiation tactics on Brexit . After all that s what GHCQ is busily doing with the EU, right?
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST
We will never accept terror oh really ?
I m surprised, it seemed that they have so far enjoyed it and made a lot to have it even more while at the same time bashing countries that made safety of their citizens top priority like Hungary or Poland.
What happened ?!? Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:37 AM CEST
What happened? Is there an election looming by any chance?
Should we tell Vlad & the Trolls? (sounds a bit like a 70 s /80 s punk rock band )
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:43 AM CEST
She d say anything to lure back voters the CDU has lost to the AfD . The Amazing thing is that the average German still believes that Merkel will somehow fix their broken society and all will be well, while they are increasingly governed from Ankara and somewhere from the shores of Lybia. Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:20 AM CEST
Islamic terrorism, she said . Ok,boys in the german independent media, the boss spoke, you can stop with your exhilarating not so clear, maybe football fan, or maybe a foreigner we don t know precisely from where, could be a brasilian tourist, maybe attitude
Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:24 AM CEST
Ooops . . this can t be, can it?
And, now Frau Merkel having invited the many will come up with a plan to interrogate all to find the few
Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:16 AM CEST
Seem to remember the DGSE was reputed to run a most effective commercial/industrial spying operation. A little thought actually shows why it is dangerous to underdo the electronic monitoring bit, many people would I suspect be quite accepting of the snoopers charter concepts and have no principled objections to it . I accept that there others who do.
As for international spying, information interpretation & intelligence gathering is what diplomats have always done, its akin to what the press/media do, electronics just changes the way its done.
Are you seriously suggesting that EU27 are not currently doing something similar?
BTW was it not a falling out with the head of the Luxembourg Secret Service which contributed to Junkers downfall as PM just before he became president of the Commission/
Who were they spying on?
Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:30 AM CEST
A security guard grabbed a 15-year-old boy by the throat and told him Get out or I ll chuck you out during a shocking incident caught on camera.
A video of the incident – which has since been posted online – then shows one of the security guards grabbing schoolboy Luther Small by the throat, Wales Online3 reports. The security guard has been suspended with immediate effect .
The security guard approached the group of teens and told them they had to leave (Photo: Wales Online)
Luther’s mum, Carol, said: Luther doesn t really want to take things any further.
“He accepts the guy overreacted but doesn t want him to be suspended . It s just one of those things. A video of the incident was posted online by Rhayna Mann, whose 15-year-old son, Riley, was also a part of the group of friends.
Posting the footage to Twitter, she wrote: Disgusting . Appalling . Shameful. Rhayna s husband, Jason Mann, added: My son and his friends were in Cardiff skating on Sunday . They decided to get some food at around 5pm.
Obviously one of the only places open at that time on a Sunday was St David s Shopping Centre.
They went in and took a seat in a caf , but they were approached by security and told they had to leave.
They were not misbehaving or playing up, but were told they had to leave because they had skateboards.
My son and his friends told the guards they didn t understand . They were only having food .
They hadn t even skated inside the centre.
But security kicked them out . They tried their luck at another entrance and the security guards were waiting for them there. This is when Luther was grabbed by one of the guards.
The officer puts his hand around the teen’s neck during the heated exchange (Photo: Wales Online)
Jason says the management team at St David s have been in touch to explain the situation but the incident has left them feeling upset and angry.
Riley was OK when he came home – he skates a lot, so is used to having run-ins with people, Jason said.
But he s a good kid . I m not just saying that as his parent – Riley is a bright and well-mannered boy.
His mum was upset when she saw the footage, but I was just angry that someone in a position of power would abuse their rights.
The boys are 15 at the end of the day . Even if they were mouthy and the security guard felt justified in throwing them out, you don t grab a young boy by the throat.
Mark Nott, centre manager for St David s Cardiff, said: We have been made aware of this incident and the security officer involved has been suspended with immediate effect.
This is not the level of conduct we expect from our officers and we apologise to all parties involved.
A full investigation is now taking place and we are liaising with the customers concerned directly.