Bogota, Jun 28 (EFE).- Colombian authorities have bolstered security nationwide for the national team’s final group-stage match Thursday against Senegal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, deploying 4,000 police to prevent public disturbances.
“As we cheer on our Colombian side at the World Cup in Russia, we invite you to enjoy the game in an atmosphere of tranquility and moderation to avoid unfortunate situations. The police have all their capabilities at the ready to accompany this World Cup game,” National Police chief Gen. Jorge Nieto tweeted.
A total of 4,000 fights and eight homicides were registered nationwide in connection with Colombia’s previous World Cup match last Sunday – a 3-0 win over Poland.
The authorities responded by boosting the number of police on the streets on Thursday, especially at sites where big-screen televisions have been set up at public watch parties.
Colombia and Senegal are both trying to secure a berth in the World Cup’s knockout stage in Thursday’s Group H match, which is being played at Samara Arena in Samara, Russia.