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DSC, Dubai Police discuss protocols for fans' safe return to stadiums

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Filed on June 10, 2020
The forum organised by DSC-Dubai Police was held under the slogan 'Your Commitment Our Happiness.' -- Supplied photo

Former Spain and Real Madrid star Michel Salgado praised the efforts of Dubai and the UAE in the battle against Covid-19

The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) said that they have reviewed protocols issued by 33 leagues as well as other sports federations and added that that they will be ready with its own safety protocols for the return of fans to sports events.

Top officials from the DSC, Dubai Police, representatives from the European Tour and UAE football as well as former Spain and Real Madrid star Michel Salgado met at Al Nasr club's Al Maktoum Stadium on Wednesday to discuss precautionary measures and protocols for the safe return of spectators to sports events when competitions resume following months of stoppage due to Covid-19.

Titled 'Return of Spectators to Sports Stadiums' and under the slogan 'Your Commitment Our Happiness,' the forum also witnessed Dr Andrew Murray, Chief Medical Officer at European Tour Golf, and Gergo Szabo, a spokesperson for the Hungarian Football Federation, share their thoughts and experience on the topic via a live video feed.

"The sports sector is opening up gradually and it is important for us to have this dialogue and take everyone onboard as we move forward. Most importantly, we have to plan ahead and be ready for the time when authorities will allow fans to attend sports events," said Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of DSC.

Meanwhile, Dubai resident Salgado, who lost his father-in-law, former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, to coronavirus in March, praised the efforts of Dubai and the UAE in the battle against Covid-19.

"I feel really blessed to be living here in Dubai with my family through Covid-19," said Salgado.

"I felt really secure, not just me but my entire family, especially when you compare to what happened in my home country Spain. Spain was hit really hard by Covid-19, including my wife's family. As you all know, I lost my father-in-law. So I want to thank the authorities here in Dubai and the UAE for their big effort and for making us feel really secure during these tough moments and days," he added.

Salgado, who made 371 appearances for Real Madrid and was capped 53 times by Spain, stressed on the importance of sport.

"One of the biggest things that we missed during the lockdown - apart from our families if we were away from them - is sport. We cannot live without our sport. It's our activation - sport activates our body and our mind," Salgado said.

"We are all responsible to get sports back, with health and with security. Why? Because sport is a big part of our life for so many reasons. First of all, it is education for our kids. Secondly, sport is competition and entertainment, and that is a big part of our life as well. So we need to make sure our fans are back in the stands, safe and healthy," added the Director of Spanish Soccer School in Dubai.

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