Desirous of improving security during match days, the West Africa Football Union Tuesday in Abeokuta organised a workshop on security at football venues
Speaking ahead of the workshop, which had in attendance all security personnel and football association chairmen in all the member states of WAFU, President of WAFU, Dr. Amos Adamu, said that the association was taking the issue of security at all match venues, with the utmost seriousness it deserves.
â€œWe cannot overemphasise the importance of security in our every day activity because nothing can be achieved if security is not guaranteed. It is from this perspective that we at WAFU are trying to explore ways through which we can improve security at all match venues, because the safety of players, officials, fans and others cannot be toyed withâ€, Adamu, said Tuesday.
He informed that the workshop touched on issues like crowd control, hooliganism, attitude of fans and modern policing techniques.
â€œWe need to understand how fans behave when their teams are winning or losing as the case may be, in order to know what techniques security operatives are to deploy in containing their excesses. We need to embrace modern day techniques in checking crowd violence and preventing a reoccurrence of the tragedies in Ivory Coast and Liberiaâ€, said Adamu.
Individuals who presented papers at the workshop included Mr. Chris Whalley, Head of English Football Association Stadium Safety and Security, Mr. Chris Broome, Assistant Director of UK Football Policing Unit and AIG M.D. Abubakar, AIG in Benin.