England FA happy with security plan

THE Football Association of England has given South Africa's safety and security plan a big thumbs up for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

THE Football Association of England has given South Africa's safety and security plan a big thumbs up for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Chief Police Officer Andy Holt said the association was happy with the presentation by Bheki Cele, South Africa's police commissioner during a World Cup workshop in Zurich last week. Police heads of the 32 countries that have qualified for the World Cup attended the two-day meeting organised by Fifa in Zurich.

"We are very happy that this two-day workshop has helped to tackle all the issues that might previously have been unclear in relation to security," Holt said. "We have all been working together for a long time and I am now entirely confident that we have all the ingredients for a safe and successful World Cup.

"English police will be working in close cooperation with the South African police force, and we will be using the same procedures as in 2006, which were shown to be very effective.

"Our job will be to help local police monitor supporters arriving from the UK. We hope to send over an officer with an in-depth knowledge of our supporters for the England games, so that he can advise his South African counterpart on their behaviour.

"We will also have uniformed officers present at ports of entry."

Cele assured all the teams that the World Cup will be a safe one, and that the South African police were working closely with Interpol.

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