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Berlin (AFP) – UEFA plans to boost security throughout Euro 2024 after many pitch invaders attempted to grab photographs with Portugal’s star the assessor Cristiano Ronaldo.



The 39-year-old attacker smiled for a photo with a young boy during Saturday’s 3-0 Group F triumph over Turkey in Dortmund, but grew frustrated when at least five other supporters tried to do the same.

“UEFA’s top priority is safety and security in stadiums, on the pitch, and at team facilities,” the European football governing body told AFP on Sunday.

“To this end, additional safety measures will be deployed in the stadiums to further meet the requirements of the tournament, and to prevent such incidents.”

One security guard collided with Paris Saint-Germain striker Goncalo Ramos while attempting to stop a pitch invader from approaching Ronaldo.

Portugal coach Roberto Martinez said it was fortunate that the fans who ran onto the pitch were only looking to snap photographs.

“It is a concern because today we were lucky that the intentions of the fans were good,” Martinez said reporters.

“It is a very difficult moment if those intentions are wrong… probably we should give a message to the fans that it is not the right way.”

UEFA stated that any spectators who enter the field of play will be ejected from the stadium, barred from future events, and face “the filing of a formal criminal complaint for trespass”.

Portugal qualified for the last.

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