Sport Conventions

The Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events

Council of Europe – Sport Conventions

International Conference on Security in Sport

31 May 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The National Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) organised on 31 May 2017 in Lisbon an International Conference on Security in Sport, following the release of a National Guidance Document on Violence, Security and Risk Prevention in Sport.

The first session of this Conference was dedicated to the importance of adopting at national level an integrated multi-agency approach to make football matches and other sports events more welcoming, safe and secure.

A presentation of the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS 218) was delivered by Marie-Françoise Glatz, Co-Secretary of the Convention. National situations from Spain and Portugal were presented by Rodrigo Cavaleiro, Captain of the Public Security Police and Head of the National Football Information Point of Portugal and by Ana Criado Contreras, Deputy Director of the Legal Sports Department at the High Council for Sports in Spain, both members of the Council of Europe Standing Committee in charge of promoting the new Convention.

The second session stressed the importance to foster dialogue with supporters. Presentations were made by Cathy Long, former head of supporter services in the Premier League in England and expert in supporter behavior; Christopher Sanchez, Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sports and Entertainment Group; and Fred Lord, Director of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Operations in ICSS Special Investigations Unit.

A parliamentarian hearing on the increasing impact of the violence phenomena associated with sport will be held soon in Portugal, gathering representatives of Government, police authorities and sports federations.
In conclusion, the COP called for the mobilisation of all national partners interested in implementing a package of measures to deal with this growing threat in order to:

    - set-up a national coordination group according to the convention;
    - ensure a credible, rigorous and independent assessment of the current national situation;
    - study the existing Portuguese law and the effectiveness of the sanction regime;
    - carry out the necessary steps to ratify the new Council of Europe Convention;
    - and, finally, take advantage of the existing European good practices available by inviting a consultative monitoring visit of the Council of Europe Standing Committee to Portugal.

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