He Unified Police Union (SUP) and the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) criticized this Wednesday the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, for deriving “pressure” on them to urge the suspension of a sporting event if an episode of racism is detected, as occurred in the so-called ‘Case Vinicius’.
Specifically, they criticize the lack of prior negotiation and legal certainty, as well as the fact that co-payment is not required for private clubs to finance the security device.
At a press conference, the general secretary of the SUP, Mónica Gracia, He has regretted that the recent Instruction 8/2023 of the Secretary of State for Security was issued “behind the backs” of the representative organizations, which he interprets as a new “lack of respect”. “It puts the Security Forces in the front line, the pressure now falls on us,” added Juan Fernández, from AUGC.
The SUP leader has related to “bilateral problems with Brazil” the decision to reinforce the role of the police so that, in his capacity as Security Coordinator, he can propose to the referee to stop or suspend a soccer match if he detects vexatious messages. From this country, the fight against racism in Spain was questioned after the complaint of Vinicus Junior Brazilian international, for the songs in a league match played by the Real Madrid and the Valencia CF on May 21 in Mestalla.
According to the SUP leader, the police officers who currently act as security coordinator for an event such as a first division soccer match charge a plus as a complement of 60 euros. Mónica Gracia has described this amount as insufficient and has complained about the lack of training and the non-existence of a specific catalog, which is why until now these agents normally detract from citizen security.