One steward at Tottenham’s game against Burnley on Saturday seemingly didn’t get the memo on increased security
THIS video that’s doing the rounds on social media will do nothing to ease fans’ fears over the safety of football.
In a week when the Borussia Dortmund team bus was rocked by three explosions, security at sports venues has been stepped up.
But one steward at Tottenham’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday seemingly didn’t get the memo.
In a video that’s both frightening and hilarious at the same time, a security member searching supporters as they enter White Hart Lane wasn’t being very thorough.
In fact, he didn’t even seem to make contact with a couple of the spectators he ‘searched’.
Bundesliga games this weekend saw an increased security presence after what happened to Dortmund this week.
Team busses were also given police escorts to stadiums while armed officers patrolled outside the grounds.
Spanish defender Marc Bartra was wounded in a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus ahead of Tuesday’s game against Monaco.
One Premier League footballer revealed: “We don’t always feel safe going in and out of stadiums — and with the world as it is right now, many of us are worried. We feel exposed.”
The Met Police confirmed it does not always escort teams travelling in London.
And a top London club source said: “We feel we’re sitting ducks with no police protection.
“It is crazy the Met Police don’t do this when so many other forces do.”
The Arsenal team coach was delayed in traffic ahead of Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace — only arriving 45 minutes before kick off.
Another source added: “When that Arsenal coach got stuck in traffic, there was not much there to stop a crazed person doing them harm.
“Sure, they will have a few security people — but that isn’t going to stop a terrorist. It’s madness the Met Police don’t provide an escort.”
Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police carry out escorts, while Staffordshire Police provided Chelsea with security before they got a train after playing Stoke.
It has also emerged the England team coach — and their opponents — do not get escorted in and out of Wembley.
A Met Police spokesman said: “There are thousands of high-profile people in London and we cannot be expected to protect all of them.
“We simply don’t have the resources. But we act on intelligence and are always in dialogue with clubs and the FA.”