Foolproof security for Socceroos

Staff Correspondent

Markets were sealed off and sniffer dogs and bomb disposal units swept the ground as Bangladesh took a foolproof security for the Australia football team ahead of today’s World Cup qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
‘If you want to compare the security measures for this match, you can only compare it to the one taken for the 2011 friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria,’ said Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan, deputy inspector general of police.
Australia football team arrived last night amid tight security as they headed to hotel from airport with heavy police escort. Armed police battalion guarded the team at the airport before Dhaka Metropolitan police took over the responsibility on their way to hotel.
Maruf said a similar security measures will be taken towards their move to stadium from hotel. Australia team will leave stadium straight for the airport after the match.
Maruf said four-layer security is also set at the venue with its gallery gate, outer gates, at gallery and inside the stadium along with electronic and manual body check.
Security personnel will be deployed on top of the tall buildings surrounding the stadium as well.
Maruf urged the spectators to bring only cell phones and match tickets along with them and leave their vehicles quite a long way from the venue for the sake of security.
‘I request you to take these things [security measures] positively,’ he said.
Maruf, who is also the security consultant of the Asian Football Confederation, said that the
security measures have no relations with recent Paris attack.
‘There was no need for any extra securities after the Paris incident. We had already taken enough security measures,’ he said.
The gates of the Bangabandhu national stadium will open for the spectators at 2:30pm, three hours ahead of the kick-off.
Australia cricket team postponed their scheduled tour to Bangladesh in October due to security reasons.

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