A substantial number of sniffer dogs to search fans for cocaine will be part of an enhanced security plan for Saturday night’s WBC heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.
There will also be a ‘significant number’ of police stationed inside and outside the stadium, as well as security personnel and stewards, in a bid to prevent drug and alcohol fueled violence which marred the Euro 2020 final.
Up to 94,000 people are expected to attend the fight, making it the biggest boxing event held in Britain and the biggest test for Wembley since England’s match against Italy last summer.
Organizers have drawn up what they call an enhanced security plan, which includes a “high number” of search dogs and dog handlers patrolling all areas approaching the stadium and a greater police presence. Fans have been warned that anyone drinking on Olympic Way and surrounding streets will be asked to hand over their alcohol.
Wembley have confirmed that more security will be in place than for Anthony Joshua’s two fights at the national stadium in 2017 and 2018.
It is expected that the enhanced police and security presence will help set the tone for the evening and provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all in attendance.
The measures are also a response, in part, to Lady Casey’s report into the unrest at the Euro 2020 final, which revealed there was a ‘collective failure’ to see the dangers of fans, influenced by the and drugs, go wild.
“Our model team competed in our first grand finale in 55 years,” Casey said in December. “However, they were let down by a horde of ticketless, drunk and drugged thugs who chose to abuse innocent, vulnerable and disabled people, as well as police officers, volunteers and Wembley staff.”
The Metropolitan Police have made 51 arrests linked to the final, including 26 at Wembley, and say their investigation is ongoing.
Rising cocaine use among fans at UK sporting events has also led UK Football Police Chief Mark Roberts to warn it is fueling an escalation in anti-social behavior – and should be punished with a ban on cocaine. all matches.
Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said he was confident the increased security measures would make Saturday’s event safe for fans. “From what I understand from meetings we had with security and staff at Wembley, they reinforced the whole thing a bit since the Euros when they were caught off guard,” he said. declared.
“We’re not jaded but we’ve done Wembley before and we haven’t had a lot of problems. Obviously we’re always very wary of any event. Anything can happen. But, at the moment, everyone seems satisfied with what is in place.