G4S makes history with first police free international football match in UK
G4S Events, Europe’s leading independent event security company, has made sporting history by providing security for the first home international football match without a policing presence.
At last Wednesday’s international match at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium saw Scotland beat Estonia 1-0 as fans supported their teams without a single policeman at the stadium. Pittodrie Stadium was packed with 16,202 fans, 141 of which were Estonians, who cheered on players in the good-natured match. Visiting Estonians were even able to enjoy the game in the main stand at the stadium with Scottish fans.
G4S security staff secured the event following consultation between hosts Aberdeen Football Club, the Scottish Football Association, Grampian Police and the National Football Intelligence Unit. All parties gave the green light for the event to be police-free having assessed G4S’ capability to deal with the security needs of the match.
On the night 20 items of alcohol were confiscated at the G4S manned turnstiles and no ejections or injuries were required during the game. After the final whistle blew, G4S stewards swept the grounds and found no alcohol containers underlining success at the turnstile operations.
Eric Alexander, Managing-Director of G4S Events, said: “I am very proud of the G4S staff who deployed their professionalism at this event to secure the UK’s first police-free international football match. The work we do securing football stadia has already led to games played without the need of police officers present, but the fact that an international match was successfully carried out police-free is a particularly powerful achievement. I was cheering on Scotland as much as I was professional security officers and impeccably behaved football fans. With Scotland winning, you could call that two good results in one night!”
John Morgan, AFC’s Safety Officer, said: “On behalf of AFC and the SFA, I would like to pass on our appreciation to all G4S staff involved at the match. The game passed without serious incident and we are delighted that our matches are deemed so safe and secure by the authorities thanks to G4S security staff.”
About G4S Events
G4S Events is Europe’s leading independent provider of event security and crowd management services providing security, event stewarding and consultancy services to conferences, exhibitions, community, sporting and live music events.
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About G4S Secure Solutions (UK)
G4S Secure Solutions (UK) employs over 20,000 people throughout the UK, working with a wide range of public sector and commercial clients, including 59 FTSE 100 companies. The company provides specialist security solutions to over 5,000 customers across a range of sectors including: government, utilities, financial institutions, leisure and tourism, and transport.
About G4S plc
G4S is the world’s leading security solutions group, which specialises in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S has operations in more than 125 countries and more than 635,000 employees.
For more information on G4S, visit www.g4s.com