Brazilian armed forced could be drafted in to help with security at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, according to Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, via SportBusiness International.
Federal law enforcement officers could be used to support local police in the 12 host cities,with almost $800m being spent. According to the Associated Press, Rousseff added:
“And if necessary we will also mobilise the armed forces. We will guarantee the security of fans, tourists, teams and the chiefs-of-state that will visit us. I am certain we will host the cup of cups.”
The state government in Rio has also formed a special police force to control violent demonstrations during the tournament, and other large sporting events held in public venues. The city will host seven matches, including the Final on July 13, and is also preparing to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
All of this is in addition to a special 10,000-strong force that is being established to support police control during the tournament. Spending even more money on security for the tournament will hardly please protesters, with one of their main complaint being how much public money has been spent on the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the Olympics.
Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has reaffirmed Fifa’s confidence in the security procedures in place:
“Security is comparable to football: it is a team sport and all have to play together. We have full confidence in the arrangements by Brazil. It is a reality that the question of security is always raised by the media. As it was in South Africa in 2010 and all went well. As in SA2010 there will be an integrated security command centre. Everyone coming to Brazil will not need to worry in regards to safety.”