Wembley Stadium bolsters security after Euro finals trouble

Wembley Stadium

In reaction to the catastrophe of the England and Italy Euro 2020 final, Wembley Stadium is stepping up security around the storied venue with a number of additional measures, including a 3.6 metre surrounding fence.

After 2,000 ticketless fans pushed their way into the stadium, an impartial enquiry dubbed the incident ‘a source of national shame’. The enquiry commissioned by the Football Association (FA) and led by Baroness Casey came to the conclusion that the horrifying image was caused by a “collective failure” of groups engaged in game planning.

At the entrance of Club Wembley, new fencing, a gated entryway, and enclosed roller shutters will be constructed – in order to prevent unauthorised or un-ticketed individuals from being able to force entry to the stadium from the Olympic Steps. This action is necessary as Wembley is a prestigious stadium and should not be associated with any controversy or catastrophes. Upgrading the stadium security will aim to ensure events such as what occurred at the Euro 2020 final does not take place again.

Wembley Stadium finished phase one of the renovations last year, which included sturdier locks on all perimeter doors and more secure turnstiles and accessible entries. More than 50 Hi-Resolution CCTV cameras were installed to a new command and control hub.

The following round of upgrades will begin in the fall. Once finished, an estimated $8.4 million will have been used to improve security surrounding the stadium.

“Wembley Stadium has a regular schedule of investment works to maintain industry leading facilities that attract world-class events. The latest planning approval enables us to implement the next phase of our security enhancements,” Stadium Director Liam Boylan stated via press release.

“This includes recommendations included in the Baroness Casey Review, and additional measures, which will ensure Wembley Stadium continues to be a safe and secure venue for all our guests.”

As is football in Australia, tickets were sold primarily online. Wembley should continue to do this as it is the most effective way of selling tickets, however more may need to be done in making it clear that tickets are sold out online to ensure fans are aware and do not become frustrated in anyway.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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