Ukraine’s organisers of the Euro2012 are to replace police with stewards for European football’s marquee competition after accepting FIFA’s demand for the change.
This type of system has been in place in other European for over six years, but it will be the first time stewards will take over the role from the baton-wielding stadium police in Ukraine.
Natalya Ivanenko, steward coordinator said “According to the UEFA rules, police officers are prohibited to enter the stadiums. Stewards and stadium security services will ensure security during the games.”
The system was successfully tried and tested at the weekend during a Ukrainian Premier League game featuring Shaktar Donetsk.
But Ukrainian spectators are reputedly well-behaved, so only time will tell whether the 500 bright-jacket-clad stewards that will monitor each Euro2012 game can handle livelier stands that tend to come with the championships.