FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have finally put a stop to the worrying debate over how to cover the big game, following a meeting in New York to discuss the security of the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
The IOC and FIFA have reached a consensus on a security plan that should be in place by the opening of the Superbowl in New Orleans on February 4.
The plans will ensure a minimum of four million spectators at the game, but will also allow for a “low-risk” scenario in which the stadium is evacuated if the security threat is identified and contained.
However, some countries are still calling for a full evacuation of stadiums and arenas, while the United States and Australia are urging a total lockdown of venues.
“The meeting today took place in the context of a serious security risk assessment conducted by the IOC,” the International Association of Chiefs of Police said in a statement.
“It is also important to reiterate that, in light of the recent threats to the US Olympic and Paralympic teams and venues, the IOC and the IACP reaffirm the importance of taking all necessary precautions to ensure that the games are played safely.”
In a joint statement, the IACP and the FBI said they are “extremely concerned” about the threat to the safety of the US athletes and their families, and that “the public safety of American citizens must be paramount.”
“It should be the US government’s responsibility to protect the security and safety of our athletes, their families and visitors,” the statement read.
“We have reviewed the threat assessment and are strongly supportive of a full and immediate security response.”
The two-day meeting took place just hours after the US Senate unanimously approved a measure to give President Donald Trump’s administration the power to strip US passports of citizens who do not pose a “threat” to national security, including the possibility of a terror attack.
It has been a tense day for the US, with its athletes and fans travelling from around the world for the game that will be played at a venue that is expected to attract millions of spectators.
The US has also been under fire for the treatment of two of its athletes who were arrested at the USOC in Florida in December for refusing to leave the stadium after they were banned from the country for three days.
The president has repeatedly said he would like to see the US remain a signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) despite the threat from the so-called “pink tide” of illegal immigration that is threatening the US economy.