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  • Fairhurst Review Update

    Fairhurst Review Update

    By: Newsroom Staff on 27 Mar, 2019 13:45

  • CELTIC Football Club today released the Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations from an independent review by Fairhurst into events prior to the match at Celtic Park between Celtic and Rangers on September 2, 2018.   

    Fairhurst, consultants specialising in sports event safety management, were instructed by Celtic to conduct a full independent review to identify the contributory factors, what improvements might be made to prevent a recurrence, and to consider feedback from supporters who attended the match.

    The comprehensive analysis of events has been led by a Chartered Safety Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience as an Event Safety Officer for major sporting events.

    The review involved multi-agency engagement with Celtic, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service, as well as a thorough and open consultation exercise, which resulted in the consideration of 490 items of supporter feedback. Information for the independent review was obtained through formal written requests, organised meetings and one-to-one discussions, both in person and by telephone. 

    Celtic notes the contributory factors, which Fairhurst consider acted collectively to present a unique set of circumstances on September 2, 2018 and which had not occurred previously at Celtic Park, as well as the steps taken to resolve the situation.  Many of the recommendations made by Fairhurst refer to the continuation of existing good practice across event safety and organisation at Celtic Park and Celtic has already been working with Fairhurst to implement recommendations made immediately after the match on September 2, 2018.

    In particular, Celtic has worked closely with Fairhurst and Police Scotland to ensure that the recommendations made have been fully considered in the planning for the match at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019. To conclude the review, Fairhurst will attend the match at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019. The final report will be published when the review is completed following that match.

    Detailed arrangements for the match this Sunday, March 31, 2019 will be published today.

    A spokesperson for Celtic commented: "The safety and welfare of supporters visiting Celtic Park will always be our priority and it was therefore essential that a comprehensive and independent review was undertaken. We would like to thank Fairhurst for their rigorous work and to thank our supporters and the wide range of agencies who have contributed to the review.

    "We regret the events which took place and we will continue to work with Fairhurst in connection with their recommendations, building on our existing good practices, to ensure that Celtic Park continues to be a safe place to visit.” 

     A spokesperson for Fairhurst said: “The conclusions and recommendations of our independent review are based on a comprehensive analysis of events on September 2, 2018.  We have already assisted Celtic with the implementation of our interim recommendations. 

    "Fairhurst has worked together with Celtic and Police Scotland to incorporate our recommendations into the planning for the match on March 31, 2019 and we will be in attendance at the match to observe the operation of the safety arrangements.”

    To read the independent review by Fairhurst, CLICK HERE

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