The Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic on a Friday night in October – and said the authorities may have to reconsider when to play such games in the future.Tony Conniford admitted he was “deeply embarrassed” by the bad behaviour of a section of England fans who threw bottles at police in Porto and were abusive to locals – and conceded it could easily happen again the next time England travel abroad.“Prague on a Friday night. I am not going to stand here and say I am confident about that because I’m not,” he said. “Prague is a well-known city for welcoming stag dos. I think it’s tried to change that image but that is a concern for me.“Perhaps moving forward, when draws like that are made, like we do in England, if there is a potential issue then perhaps the authorities need to look at that and say: ‘Is England travelling to the Czech Republic on a Friday night the best thing for the game?’” Barney Ronay England Read more Nations League Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Football violence England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before Reuse this content Share on Facebook Czech Republic Topics The FA Conniford also admitted he was increasingly concerned about far-right groups such as the English Defence League attaching themselves to the national team because it was “fashionable” and tarnishing its image as a result.“I’m extremely worried that we’ve got the groups that I saw on social media, and the images portrayed across the world associating themselves with the national team,” he said. “Because that causes me problems when I go to a country.“For example, we’re going to Kosovo, where England haven’t played before. I’ve been to countries where their briefing to police officers is to show them footage of that sort of behaviour. That ups the ante straight away. So fans are met with riot police and dogs before they even get off the plane.“We got rid of that. We turned it around so people were welcome. So yes, I’m worried about those groups tarnishing what we achieved. Do I know the solution? I don’t in this moment in time and I’d be lying to you if I said I did.”Conniford, however, praised the Portuguese police who he hailed for doing everything possible to help England fans enjoy the Nations League.“It has been a real disappointment for me because I asked the supporters to respect the country. Sadly a group decided they weren’t going to do that. I want genuine people to come and everything was laid on for this to be a special event and unfortunately what we saw the other night deeply embarrassed me as an Englishman and didn’t bring us any favours.” The Observer news Share on Messenger
Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has requested that the Road Safety Unit conduct a comprehensive analysis of all fatal road crashes for 2012, in an effort to further improve safety on the nation’s roads. “We need to do a comprehensive analysis of all the fatal collisions and I’m asking that this is submitted as quickly as possible…so that we can see exactly what happened in 2012 and use it as a basis for improvement,” he said. [RELATED: Zero Tolerance for Traffic Offenders in 2013] The Minister was speaking during a handing-over ceremony for six road safety infomercials, held at the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) head offices in New Kingston, on January 8. The infomercials, which address a number of crucial issues affecting road safety in Jamaica, were produced by the ICWI and handed over to the Ministry of Transport for dissemination. Dr. Davies further encouraged all stakeholders involved in road safety to get into the habit of sharing all necessary information. “This is one area where there is no benefit for anyone retaining information, because the more data we have to be analysed, I think we’ll be able to reach some conclusions as to what are the areas of intervention,” he argued. The country recorded a total of 258 road fatalities for 2012, some 49 less than the previous year, and for the first time in over a decade, achieved its ‘Below 300’ target. While welcoming the achievement, Minister Davies noted that road fatalities were still too high and that the country could not afford to become complacent. “It is just too many lives and worse of all, so many are related to carelessness and plain indiscipline,” he said. The Minister pointed out that last year, between medical care and insurance claims, traffic collisions cost the country more than $9 billion. For his part, President, ICWI, Paul Lalor, said the infomercials were designed specifically to ensure that Jamaicans are provided with contemporary road safety information, which would enable them to make correct decisions in the traffic environment. He noted that ICWI sees its alliance with the Ministry of Transport as part of its corporate social responsibility and is focussed on assisting the Government in achieving its goal of ‘Below 200’ by 2017. “One life lost on the road is one life too many. As a business, we hope that by bringing down the frequency of accidents, the insurance industry can create greater surpluses which can allow us to continue to make insurance affordable to more Jamaicans,” Mr. Lalor said. He pointed out that too many lives are being lost to reckless driving and speeding and that these are areas that must be addressed. The six areas targeted by the infomercials are: pedestrian safety; motorcycle safety; overtaking; speeding; tailgating; and safe driving on the whole.
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