THE BALL – The security operation for the derby (and a lesson in combating) (Benfica-Sporting)

Intendente Francisco Alves, from the Lisbon Metropolitan Command of the Public Security Police (PSP), gave a lesson in competitors throughout the press convention the place he mentioned the extraordinary security measures that might be carried out in Lisbon on Sunday, Benfica- Sports day. A derby scheduled at 6 p.m., at the Estádio da Luz, the place about 60,000 persons are anticipated, which deserves, subsequently, the classification of a «excessive threat occasion» and which can oblige the «two moments with better motion restrictions» in the City.

In reality, between 3 pm and 4 pm, when Sporting supporters are escorted to the Estádio da Luz, Professor Rua Fernando da Fonseca, Professor Rua Fernando Namora, Travessa da Luz and Estrada da Luz, subsequent to Colégio Militar, on the means. in the direction of the 2nd Ring Road. Monitoring of Sporting followers, who should collect from 2:30 pm subsequent to gates 6 and seven of the Estádio de Alvalade, might be carried out all through the journey to make sure their “protected passage” to the Estádio da Luz and at all times which watches for ” tried to enter the route”.

In the second second, subsequent to Estádio da Luz, between 4 pm and 5.30 pm, Avenida Machado Santos, Rua Frei Luís de Granadas and the intersection subsequent to Metro do Alto dos Moinhos might be restricted.

The doorways of the stadium open at 4 pm, so followers are inspired to “put together in time” for their arrival, ideally by public transport, in the space, the place they are going to see a police machine “primarily based on sturdy visibility and proximity”. Mobilized the Traffic Division of the Metropolitan Command of Lisbon and the Special Police Unit to, via the Intervention Corps, “resolve extra advanced conditions”.

A plan to make sure the security of followers inside, exterior and round the stadium that, warns Francisco Alves, “will solely work if there may be truthful play” amongst the followers. Asked if he was afraid of rioting on the a part of some supporters in entrance of the inflammatory statements of some sports activities leaders, the agent gave a lesson in combating:

“This is a categorised excessive threat occasion, however there ought to be no modifications in public order. We know that the derby and the rivalry between these two groups is historic. Rivalry is wholesome, in sport and at work, so long as it doesn’t intervene with the freedom of others. If the rivalry is wholesome, it’s helpful. If the limits of the rivalry are exceeded and the guidelines should not revered, the PSP should enter the discipline».

“We have created multidisciplinary groups, not solely in the advanced, but additionally exterior and forward in order that we are able to, first, forestall, and, if we can not forestall, instantly detect and reply to a situation. The idea is aimed in reverse for folks to come back to the stadium and luxuriate in this historic rivalry. There are three doable outcomes and, at the finish of the sport, some will go dwelling completely happy, some might be unhappy. It’s a part of life.”

The latest measure, authorized by the Council of Ministers, which gives a penalty of as much as 5 years in jail for the use or possession of pyrotechnics, was not included in the planning of this derby: “It is a measure that can obtain particular consideration with regards to vitality. I consider that the proposal has already been despatched to the Assembly of the Republic for approval. In this situation we aren’t dealing with these measures. For this sport it doesn’t make sense. We will talk about that in coming.”


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