FA sack England’s security team after players raised concerns for their safety as 50 fans were allowed to gather around the team’s bus the day before the Croatia game
The FA has sacked the security team tasked with protecting England players during the European Championship after several members of Gareth Southgate’s squad expressed concerns about their safety.
UEFA-appointed company G4S was responsible for securing the entrance to the central London hotel where England are staying ahead of their Wembley games, but they were removed after 50 fans were allowed to gather around from the team bus the day before they open. tournament match against Croatia on June 13.
Many players have reportedly told the FA they did not feel safe during the incident – which also violated government Covid-19 regulations given the number of people involved – with the crowd not being dispersed only after the intervention of the team’s own security service.
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Eyewitnesses described the scenes as “chaotic” with incident barriers set up from around the hotel entrance and the area where the team’s bus is parked. There was no concern when England stayed at the same hotel ahead of the Scotland game last Friday.
The FA then informed UEFA that they lacked confidence in the tournament’s designated security operation and had brought in their own specialist officers from Hans Global, the company that oversaw security at St George’s Park for nearly ‘a decade.
Several members of Gareth Southgate’s team had raised concerns about their safety
Players were concerned after 50 fans were allowed to gather around the team bus the day before the Croatia game
UEFA was covering the cost of security for the 24 teams involved in the tournament, but the FA will now pay its own security bill.
The FA had previously planned to tighten up security later in the tournament, but have now opted to call in Hans Global immediately.
G4S also have a security contract with the FA for other operations, which has not been terminated, but they will no longer keep England players for the remainder of the tournament.