The PSP will deploy a team of five agents to monitor Portugal’s participation in Euro2020 football, with the mission of helping Portuguese fans and supporting local authorities, the police force announced today.
Led by intendant Pedro Colaço, the Public Security Police delegation will always have three agents present in the cities where the Portuguese team will play – Budapest, twice, and Munich during the group stage -, with the other two elements remaining integrated into Europol, The Hague, The Netherlands.
“The cooperation model is based on two realities: the presence of liaison officers at the center [de cooperação policial] for intelligence functions and the deployment of police officers with operational functions, “spotting”, liaison with supporters and advice to local agents”, said the head of the Portuguese delegation, at the press conference held at the Lisbon Metropolitan Command, in Moscavide.
Stressing that the size of the team “was that of the national director of the PSP [Magina da Silva] considered it suitable for this event”, Pedro Colaço admitted that the prospect of the presence of Portuguese fans in the Hungarian capital translates, for the time being, into “reduced numbers”, despite remembering that there are still four days to the debut game in the competition.
“First, we will take care of the safety of our fans. We will be there to see and be seen, any Portuguese fan will easily check us on the spot, because we will be dressed in our usual uniform. The Portuguese community abroad will have our support and we will be cultural interpreters and counselors of the local force. We know our supporters and this is fundamental for us to provide the due collaboration”, he stressed.
According to the mayor of the PSP, the aid involves providing useful information and supporting the authorities in the face of possible occurrences with Portuguese citizens. Asked about the role of supporters in complying with health rules due to the covid-19 pandemic, the leader of the PSP delegation appealed to supporters for information on the UEFA website, but stressed that this control passes through the police forces of the host countries .
“The local police force must guarantee security. The three PSP operatives have a very clear role: to help the Portuguese fan in any difficulty they may have. We serve as advice and advice,” he noted, noting that attention to rules such as wearing a protective mask or social distancing “is a responsibility of the local force”.
The PSP delegation will stay first in Budapest, where Portugal plays Hungary on Tuesday, followed two days later to Munich, where the Portuguese team will face Germany on the 19th. After two days, the Portuguese agents return to the Hungarian capital , where European champions meet France on 23 June.
Given the unique circumstances of this Euro2020, Pedro Colaço also left some advice for fans.
“They must respect the security forces and always have their identification document, not purchase tickets other than through official channels, arrive at the stadiums on time on match days, comply with police instructions for pedestrian circulation around the stadiums and keep to permanently informed about the public health rules in force”, he summed up.
Portugal, which is the holder of the trophy, is part of Group F of Euro2020, along with Hungary, Germany and France, having scheduled their debut in the competition on Tuesday, against the Hungarians, in Budapest, before facing the Germans, on 19 February June, in Munich, and the French, on June 23, again in the Magyar capital.
Euro2020, which has been pushed back to this year due to the covid-19 pandemic, takes place in 11 cities in 11 different countries between now and July 11th.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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