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TOP HONOUR FOR STEWARDS

Posted on 13 May 2007  - 12:00

The bravery of the Tottenham Hotspur FC stewards who were on duty at our UEFA Cup quarter-final 1st leg in Seville has been recognised with the unprecedented award of a Borough Commanders Commendation by Chief Superintendant Simon O'Brien of Haringey Police.

The bravery of the Tottenham Hotspur FC stewards who were on duty at our UEFA Cup quarter-final 1st leg in Seville has been recognised with the unprecedented award of a Borough Commanders Commendation by Chief Superintendant Simon O'Brien of Haringey Police.There were 22 of our stewards that travelled to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on April 5 - a policy adopted on each of our European journeys this season - with the objective providing supporters with a familiar presence and assistance if required at the venue and in areas populated by fans over the course of the day.

On this occasion, when events had run smoothly and in good spirits in the build up to the game, the work of our stewards took on a different and dangerous dimension, when local police confronted the Spurs fans positioned behind the goal during the first half of the game leading to prolonged disturbances.

"I witnessed what I can only describe as selfless, brave conduct from the Spurs stewards," said Chief Superintendant O'Brien.

"They consistently acted as go-betweens in an escalating confrontation, I saw them physically protecting fans and being injured themselves. I never saw them flinch in a lengthy violent confrontation - they were a fluorescent protective cushion in the middle of a mêlée.

"I have no doubt that but for the presence of Spurs stewards we could have experienced far more violence that night."

The Borough Commanders Commendation is traditionally reserved to recognise brave acts and excellent work of the police officers and staff in the borough of Haringey, but this will now be extended to the Spurs orange order for their supreme efforts in Seville.

"I was so impressed with these brave men and women that I am for the very first time presenting these hard won awards for bravery by football stewards in a foreign country," added Chief Superintendant O'Brien.

"I hope you join me in saluting them."