Thursday 23 March 2017

Security budget for Euro 2016 has increased by 15pc following Paris terror attacks

Spectators invaded the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany on November 13 after explosions outside the ground
Spectators invaded the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany on November 13 after explosions outside the ground
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The organisers of Euro 2016 have increased the security budget for the tournament by 15pc as a response to the Paris terrorist attacks.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday which marked the start of the 100 day countdown to the finals, organising president Jacques Lambert revealed that the spend on that area had been increased to €34m.

The logistics will involve the hiring of 10,000 people for security work as part of a dual effort with the organisers responsible for activities inside the stadium and the French authorities dealing with events outside.

As part of the process, security around team hotels will be heightened in case they are targeted and the popular fan zones - which are a hub for supporters to gather - will be heavily policed.

"Security is our essential preoccupation, but I don't lose sleep over it -- we are handling it with cold blood," said Lambert today.

Fans will have to be searched twice entering the venue for games.

Lambert denied that the prospect of playing matches behind closed doors because of the terror threat was being considered as a serious option. UEFA had floated the idea earlier this week and it's believed they have contingency place in place in the event of a sudden development.

France is still in a state of emergency which is set to remain in place until May 26. The tournament kicks off on June 10 with Ireland due to play Sweden at the Stade de France on June 13.

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