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Examining stakeholder outlooks on football policing and security: The case of Euro 2020

Ludvigsen, J (2021) Examining stakeholder outlooks on football policing and security: The case of Euro 2020. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0193-7235

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In the case of the 2020 Union of European Football Associations European Championship in men's football (‘Euro 2020’), this article investigates stakeholder perceptions on the ‘policing’ of fans. On a European-wide scale, the policing of fans is a contested topic. Meanwhile, the policing and security efforts required for sport mega-events like Euro 2020, uniquely planned to be staged in 12 different countries, require years of planning and enormous resources. Adding to this, the Championship's timeline was prolonged following the coronavirus disease-2019-related event postponement. Drawing from original insights from documentary research and qualitative interviews conducted before the postponement, this article argues that stakeholders strongly advocated for a communication and dialogue-based approach to fans. More specifically for Euro 2020, consistency in the policing approaches across all 12 countries was highlighted by stakeholders as being of paramount importance for fans’ security perceptions. The study thus extends existing insights into football policing and the wider understanding of security and policing in the present-day world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences; Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism; Sociology; Social Sciences - Other Topics; football; sport mega-events; organization; security; football tournament; FANS; ENGLAND; 1504 Commercial Services; 1608 Sociology; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7231 Criminal Justice Administrations > HV7551 Police. Detectives. Constabulary
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 12:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 12:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/01937235211043650
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16856
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