FA bolster security operation at Wembley for Carabao Cup final on Sunday in response to concerning rise in hooliganism – with at least 2,000 stewards on duty, DOUBLE the amount of search dogs and no-drinking zones
- The FA will launch an upgraded security operation for the Carabao Cup final
- Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday in the first domestic final of the season
- The FA has put measures in place amid a concerning rise in hooliganism
- 2,000 stewards, double the search dogs and no drinking zones will be in place
The Football Association will launch an upgraded security operation at Wembley for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final amid the worrying rise in cases of supporter disorder.
English football’s governing body will welcome the first post-Covid domestic final with significantly bolstered security measures as they look to ensure the clash between Liverpool and Chelsea passes as peacefully as possible.
There has been a concerning rise in incidents of hooliganism this season and the FA, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, will implement an enhanced strategy to help combat any potential flashpoints.
At least 2,000 stewards will be stationed at various points inside and outside Wembley while there will also be an increased police presence.
Brent Council have confirmed the introduction of a ‘No Drinking Zone’ on Olympic Way and the stadium’s surrounding areas to prevent the consumption of alcohol in non-licensed areas around the venue.
The Football Association will launch an upgraded security operation for the Carabao Cup final
There will be a significant increase in steward and police presence on the Olympic Way to ensure fans comply with the rules, while the improved numbers in security staff will set the tone and deal with any instances of anti-social behaviour.
New signage will be present on Olympic Way to notify fans of the no drinking areas, while both clubs have informed their supporters of the restrictions in place.
Supporters, though, will still be able to consume alcohol at bars, fan zones and restaurants available in the surrounding areas ahead of the game.
There will also be an enhanced security presence outside each entry point into the stadium on match-day, with spot-checks carried out to detect anybody without a ticket from approaching the turnstiles.
More stewards will be on hand amid a concerning rise in incidents of hooliganism this season
Double the amount of search dogs will be deployed, and along with their handlers, will patrol all areas surrounding Wembley amid concerns that the current trend in supporter misbehaviour is drug-fueled.
Wembley will also have the protection of an increased numbers of security inside the stadium on Sunday to act as a deterrent.
The enhanced presence will also mean police stewards can initiate a stronger reactive response in any scenario of supporters causing trouble during the match.
Indeed, there has been a growing number of violent incidents inside stadiums this season; Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga was struck by a coin in the win over Leeds on Saturday.
Manchester United starlet Anthony Elanga was struck by a coin during their win over Leeds
Liverpool take on Chelsea in the first domestic final of the season on Sunday at Wembley
Similarly, a supporter ran on to the pitch before throwing punches at a Nottingham Forest player during the Championship club’s recent FA Cup win over Leicester while Aston Villa stars Lucas Digne and Matty Cash were struck by a bottle launched in their direction during a 1-0 at Everton recently.
Sunday’s clash will be the first domestic final played at Wembley since the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy that was marred by chaotic and violent scenes before the game as hundreds of thousands of supporters – many of them who were without tickets – ran amok.
But the newly-introduced measures should ensure that there is no repeat of those regrettable scenes that cast a dark cloud over what was largely a successfully run tournament.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism