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Hodgson Expresses World Cup Security Concerns

Thu 20th Feb 2014 | Safety & Security

Roy Hodgson has expressed concern over fan safety at the World Cup in Brazil this year.

The England Manager has been in Manaus as part of preparations ahead of the tournament which sees England take on Italy in the Amazonian city on June 14th.

On a tour of the stadium, Hodgson told the BBC, “You do think about the fans. As far as we [the team] are concerned we are going to have a lot of protection, and it’s more for the fans that this is a larger concern.”

Preparations for the World Cup in Brazil have been marred by civil unrest over the high cost of hosting the tournament. The Confederations Cup, held last year saw huge protests with over one million people taking to the streets across the country.

“I have to say that I don’t want to suggest there is no reason for concern. Of course, there is,” added Hodgson.

 “From my point of view I just have to be trusting in our security, the security of the Brazilian government and all the things that FIFA will do to make it secure for the fans and the players.”

The Brazilian government have pledged to have one police officer for every 50 people attending a soccer match and at least one officer for every 80 people at public viewing events during the tournament.

Bradburys, a specialist security provider has warned that visitors to the country should remain vigilant at all times and to be aware of the risks posed when travelling to and from venues.

For more about security at the World Cup read our Security & Executive Protection Handbook  

Image: Action Images - REUTERS/Bruno Kelly 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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