EURO 2024 security shield over Ronaldo chase


UEFA increases pitch-side security Image: Coliseum GSVA

Security will be increased fieldside to stop fans getting to players at the ongoing European Championship after the problem peaked when at least six fans tried to get selfie photos with soccer giant Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘AP’ stated that the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said on June 23rd that “additional safety measures will be deployed” in the 10 stadiums in Germany, though no details were revealed of the updated plan to stop intruders who face criminal prosecution.

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA EURO 2024 or simply EURO 2024, is the ongoing 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by the UEFA for the European men’s national teams of its member-associations. Germany is the host of the tournament which got off to a start on June 14th and will end on July 14th.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as the West Asian countries of Cyprus, Armenia and Israel. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Since 2022, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

The UEFA said, “Any incursion onto the pitch constitutes a breach of the stadium rules and will result in expulsion from the stadium, a ban from all the tournament matches and the filing of a formal criminal complaint for trespass.”

‘AP’ further stated that four fans pursuing Ronaldo got on the field on June 22nd during Portugal’s 3-0 win over Turkey and more tried after the game ended in Dortmund (Germany).

Though the field invaders seemed to want just a photo, the tournament security plan also aims to protect the players from harm.

Multiple games at the EURO 2024 have seen fans on the field, including a fan with a camera who got within touching distance of the Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne at a game against Slovakia in Frankfurt.

A cash offer by a YouTube presenter seemed to be the reason for several field invaders at the Champions League final organized by the UEFA three weeks ago in London (UK).

The UEFA Champions League is an annual club association football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by the top-division European clubs deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format and a single-leg final.

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