The Fifa World Cup has always been the world’s most prestigious sporting carnival. It delights the fans the world over once every four years. The Fifa World Cup 2010 is being held at South Africa this year, amidst high security. In the initial days of the World Cup, an unprecedented incident in the midst of the match raised the security concerns at the ground.
Spectator flickers laser pen during a match between Argentina and Nigeria
On Saturday, June 12, 2010, during a match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, there was a security breach. A green laser pen was shone at players during the match between Argentina and Nigeria. Someone from the spectators flickered a green laser pen in the direction of the players including Lionel Messi and Argentina coach Diego Maradona.
This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred. A similar incident took place during the Champions League in February 2008 in a match between Manchester United and Lyon. During this game, Cristiano Ronaldo was targeted with a laser pen. However, this is the first incident to occur during the Fifa World Cup. This has raised concerns about the efficiency of security checkpoints during a high profile sporting event such as this.
Questions raised over security perimeters
This occurrence has raised several pertinent questions regarding the security. Fifa was quick to react. It has ordered a probe into the security matter at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. The head of Fifa’s media department released a statement stating that such an incident did take place. He added that his team saw the green laser light being shone at the players during the match. Consequently, they immediately asked the security to look into the matter. Thereafter the incident did not occur again.
The head of Fifa’s media department was asked if all the security perimeters were functional. To this, he replied that for any high-profile game such as this, the most critical element is security and during this match all the security elements were completely functional. He also said that there was no official complaint registered by any of the teams.
What was the motive of the person with the laser pen? Was he just a fan? Or was he deliberately attempting to harm the players? Is the security up to the mark considering that Fifa World Cup 2010 is the most popular and highly viewed sporting event in the world at the moment? The incident in this match has left many questions unanswered. The most important question is how a spectator was able to surpass the security perimeter in such a high profile game where all the security elements were fully functional. Only investigations will reveal the exact reason and bring the truth to the fore.
Although Fifa has ordered a probe into this mishap, only complete investigation would reveal the exact reason behind this occurrence. This incident has definitely raised a lot of questions which Fifa will have to answer in the days to come.