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DCMS Committee to question police and steward chiefs on safety at major sporting events

7 November 2022

MPs will examine whether the policing and stewarding of major sporting events remains appropriate and effective. The Committee may scrutinise the security around the Euro 2020 final, held at Wembley, at which potentially hundreds of fans accessed the game without tickets, leading to 86 arrests and 19 police injuries. 

Members are also expected to examine how the Government plans to ensure the safety of fans abroad. Questions may cover the 2022 World Cup, whose host, Qatar, has criminalised homosexuality. MPs may ask about drug and alcohol use at matches and calls for funding the policing of the vicinity of sporting events to be shared by event organisers. 

Witnesses

From 10.15 on Tuesday 8 November:

  • Mark Roberts, lead for football policing, National Police Chiefs’ Council 
  • Martyn Henderson OBE, chief executive, Sports Grounds Safety Authority   
  • Michelle Russell, chief executive, Security Industry Authority  
  • Peter Houghton, director of operations, Football Safety Officers Association 

Further information

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