Even if Germany fails to win the World Cup taking place on its home turf for the second time in 30 years, the country could earn plenty of recognition from security experts for making the planet’s largest sporting event one of the safest ever. More than 3 million people will be attending the 64 games, running from 9 June to 9 July. An additional 10 million are expected to flood into the 12 cities hosting the games and other large cities to watch the competition in some 400 public viewing areas and party in the streets and pubs. Billions around the world will be glued to their TV sets watching the action. With so many eyeballs fixated on football (or soccer as it’s called in the U.S.), this isn’t a good time for something to go wrong–like a hooligan riot or even a terrorist attack. ”There are always security risks when you have large gatherings of people,” said German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in a televised interview. Security threats at this World Cup are perhaps the greatest ever in the history of the competition. The country’s small but persistent neo-Nazi groups are holding demonstrations in some of the host cities… Read full this story
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