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Safety and Security Recent Incidents: March 10

A roundup of recent headlines in the safety and security industry from around the web. This edition features a heavy dose of fan violence at foreign events.

Victim of Fan Violence Says He Was Lucky Not to Be Killed in Post-Derby Attack

An alleged victim of the attack on four football fans after the A-League Sydney derby says he and his friends were lucky not to have been killed after 25 men stomped on them and kicked them in the face during an "unprovoked" incident.

For the first time, one of the victims has spoken out about the attack he describes as "traumatic" due to its severity and indiscriminate nature.

[The Sydney Morning Herald]

Police Critically Injured in Argentina Soccer Fan Violence

An Argentine football stadium has been closed until the end of the year after stampeding fans injured 26 police - two critically - during a fourth-division match.

Hugo Matzkin, head of the Buenos Aires provincial police, said the violence flared when 200 fans without tickets forced their way into the Laferrere stadium, west of the city. He said one of the police officers was ''battling to stay alive.''

[Fox Sports]

Watch Shocking Scenes of Fan Violence During English Soccer Match

Ugly scenes marred Rotherham United's clash with Millwall on Saturday as fans of opposing sides clashed at the New York Stadium. Police were forced to step in to halt the violence which broke out late in the second half.

[UK Daily Mirror]

Fan Violence Delays Dynamo Kiev, Guingamp Europa League Match

Things got heated in the Ukraine during Dynamo Kiev’s Europa League match with Guingamp. The referee suspended the match in the 70th minute after violence erupted in the stands.

[Fox Soccer]

Greece Suspends All Professional Football After Incidents of Fan Violence

The Greek government has suspended professional football in the country indefinitely in a crackdown on violence.

The move follows violence at a match between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, as well as a brawl between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday.

The Greek league has already been suspended twice this season due to violence.

[Bleacher Report]

Brazil Announces Hotline to Help Fan Violence

The Brazilian government is creating a hotline to help fight a wave of fan violence that has brought unwanted attention to local football just weeks into the new season.

The government will also create a nationwide registry of the fan groups who are considered to be at the root of fan violence in the land of football.

The announcement by Brazil's new sports minister came after a meeting with representatives of the National Association of Fan Groups, which was recently created to improve the dialogue with local authorities and the government.

[USA Today]

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