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Security is paramount

UEFA led discussions on safety at international football matches at a summit in Amsterdam.

UEFA, in co-operation with the Dutch National Football Information Point (CIV), has brought together various parties in Amsterdam to discuss safety and security aspects related to international football matches.

Match policing
The meeting was attended by representatives of the European police and governmental bodies, security officers of UEFA and the national football associations, and security officials of the clubs taking part in this season's UEFA Champions League. "The event provided an opportunity to initiate the security planning for the UEFA Champions League group stage matches, to exchange information about the participating clubs and to share experiences and highlight good and bad practices," said UEFA on Friday.

Close co-operation
UEFA insists that efficient security measures in and around stadiums are essential for football's future well-being. Consequently, close co-operation is being pursued between all the relevant parties in preventing and tackling disorder and violence in the game. The meeting in Amsterdam is another effort to ensure a safe, secure and service-orientated match environment.

Zero tolerance
At last Thursday's UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, UEFA President Michel Platini reiterated the policy of zero tolerance towards violence and racism in stadiums. He called on the clubs to help UEFA by implementing a system of qualified stewards and by only recognising supporters' associations which clearly and unambiguously rejected violence and racism. "The Amsterdam meeting further develops the philosophy of co-operation on safety and security issues fostered under the UEFA President's guidance," said UEFA.