British experts in sports security visited Uruguay and shared experiences in sports security management with their counterparts. The UK delegation was made up of Sue Storey, Director of Sports and International Development, and Geoff Galilee, Sports Football Clubs Inspector of the Sports Ground Safety Authorization, SGSA.
SGSA is the only body in the world dedicated to protecting the safety of spectators in sports grounds. Its origins can be traced back to the 1980s, when an authority was created in response to the violence that prevailed in British stadia at that time.
During the last 25 years, the SGSA has developed safety guidance that is widely used around the world to help ensure the safety and comfort of spectators at sports grounds.
Ms. Storey and Mr. Galilee had the opportunity to attend a football match and to visit the Centenario Stadium, as well as other sports grounds. They also had meetings with government representatives and management staff from the Uruguayan Football Association and the main football clubs.
In a presentation attended by local authorities, sports clubs managers and journalists, Ms. Storey said that while the SGSA is willing to share the successful experience of the UK, there is no universal solution that can be applied to a country without taking into account its particular context.
“We can’t ensure that the British model will work here. Uruguay must look for its own solution in sports security,” Ms. Storey said. In order to guide local authorities in the design of adapted security policies, the SGSA offers its advice and cooperation.
The visit of the experts was organized by consultancy company ITC S.A. with the support of the British Embassy, Montevideo.
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OMG!Mar 28th, 2015 - 01:08 pm 0
The UK is 'securitising' Sport in the South Atlantic!
Panic bells are surely ringing in Buenos Aires!
Quick, call the UN C24 Committee!!
Issue ill-thought-out statements!!
Call for national marches in support of the Arg. Govt.!!
Bang fist on table!!
Stamp feet ineffectually!!
Demand that it be known 'we didn't murder Nisman, it was the Iranians'!!
oops! did 'we' go too far?
The tele-novela continues in Cristina's next Cadena Nacional...
Meanwhile, it is good to see closer link between UK-Uruguay. Another nail in the coffin that they support the 'malvinas myth'.
Keep that thought, ilsen.... ;)Mar 28th, 2015 - 01:29 pm 0
Don't bother trying to 'engage' me, stevie. You know that is a Fools Errand. You obviously have forgotton how much I whipped your arse last time. Probably the reason you disappeared for so long... too busy wound-licking.Mar 28th, 2015 - 01:41 pm 0
Meanwhile, back on topic, it is good to see Uruguay engaging with the modern world and seeking advice from experts, irregardless of the noisy neighbours across the river, who have a serious problem with football related violence of their own.
(From 1924 to 2010 there were 249 deaths (250 with the Argentine recently died in South Africa) related to Argentine football (if the 300 dead in Perú in 1964 aren't counted). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_hooliganism#Argentina