Stadium managers have been reminded by the Hillsborough inquest and the anniversary of the Bradford fire of how vital it is to study past failures in crowd safety to prevent disasters in the future. The UK government’s Understanding Crowd Behaviour, Supporting Evidence is a useful document available for download.
We ran a short survey earlier in the year asking: is there a trend towards lack of respect from fans for the stewards and police who look after them? Your answers put you firmly on the fence with half agreeing and half not agreeing.
What isn’t in doubt is that there’s no place for complacency as these recent reports testify: