Security concerns over Euro 2016 after football match in France

Security concerns stirred by perceived lapses during the domestic cup final at the Stade de France prompted Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to promise improvements to security measures on Monday for the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament.

Cazeneuve said the "noted dysfunction" will be corrected, "with the aim of guaranteeing the fluidity of entry for fans into sports enclosures and making security provided by private firms more reliable and securing match exits."

He made the call after meeting with representatives from the French Football Federation (FFF) and the Euro 2016 organizing team on Monday, after a Saturday game between rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille saw fans bring prohibited items into the national stadium.

Despite double-ringed security perimeters and multiple checks, fans managed to bring in PVC pipes and glass bottles and there were fires in the stands during the match, French media reported.

The FFF opened a disciplinary proceeding against Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille, condemning the "unacceptable behavior" of fans who threw projectiles and tried to enter the field.

It added that the security system that was in place for the game was not identical to that planned for the Euro 2016.

"When the system in under tension, it gives in to a certain number of points. This needs to be remedied," local prefect Philippe Galli told Europe 1 radio.

French officials are particularly keen to ensure security before the European football championship takes place from June 10-July 10, where millions of spectators are expected in the stadiums and outdoor fan zones.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told broadcaster BFM-TV that there are three weeks to modify the security measures based on the concerns raised after Saturday's match, while also pointing out that regional fan rivalries are different than those for national teams.

France has beefed up security after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, with three suicide bombers blowing themselves up outside the Stade de France where France were playing Germany at the time.

The stadium will host several games at the Euro tournament, including the opening match France v Romania and the final.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 21:21
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