The Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s Chief Executive Karen Eyre-White issues reminder to remain vigilant

Karen Eyre-White, Chief Executive Sports Grounds Safety Authorty

On behalf of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), I would like to pass our condolences to the people of France for the tragic events on Friday. Our thoughts are with those caught up in the violence and the families of those affected by the terrible events. We stand in solidarity with them and with colleagues at the Stade de France.

The SGSA is committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of spectators at sports grounds and we know we are part of wider community that shares these goals. We would like to remind sports grounds and those involved in spectator safety to remain vigilant and review relevant contingency plans.

The UK government has issued a statement reminding that the threat from terrorism remains Severe, as it has done since August 2014 and that we should be alert. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSCO) has reissued its advice on protecting crowded places.

We are liaising with the Government, NaCTSCO, the UK Police Football Unit, the Football Authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of spectators at sports grounds remains a priority.

Should the advice change, we will provide further updates.