Sunday 25 September 2016

Euro 2016 fans told to avoid 'fan zones'

Ryan Nugent

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

The fan zone at the Champ de Mars will cater for up to 90,000 supporters. Photo: AFP/Getty
The fan zone at the Champ de Mars will cater for up to 90,000 supporters. Photo: AFP/Getty

A top security expert has warned Ireland supporters to avoid 'fan zones' at Euro 2016 for fear of a terrorist attack.

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Security chief at GlobalStrat, Olivier Guitta, has advised French authorities to cancel the fan zones entirely, because it will be so difficult to keep them secure. It is estimated Ireland will have between 75,000 and 85,000 supporters at the tournament in total - many of whom are planning to watch Ireland's Group E opener with Sweden from a fan zone at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The fan zone at the Champ de Mars will cater for up to 90,000 supporters.

According to Mr Guitta, the risk of a threat is greater at the allocated fan zones than inside the stadiums.

"They are going to be outside the stadiums and under the Eiffel Tower and they're going to have people watching the games on large screens, showing the matches, and those fan zones are very difficult to secure compared to the stadiums. I'm very concerned of a potential attack on those zones rather than the stadium.

"I think the fan zone needs to be cancelled. They should cancel it, I would advise anyone not to go there," he added.

Irish Independent

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