Spurs steward whose ineffective frisks went viral ‘won’t work at White Hart Lane again’

Tom Powell
Security checks: the steward can be seen barely brushing fans as he frisks them: Twitter

A steward filmed performing comically ineffective frisks of supporters before a Tottenham Hotspur match will not work at the club’s stadium again.

The steward became a viral sensation after mobile phone footage of him at work before Saturday’s Premiership clash with Bournemouth was retweeted more than 20,000 times.

The video shows him barely even touching fans as he searched them on their way into the ground, instead merely waving his hands near them disinterestedly.

It has been universally slammed by supporters following a week in which the Borussia Dortmund team bus was targeted by three explosions.

Tottenham Hotspur did not comment on the case but confirmed that the steward – who was employed by a contractor – would not work at White Hart Lane again.

The video was first brought to their attention by a Twitter user called Callum Wright, who wrote sarcastically: “Credit to @SpursOfficial. Raising the bar in security after a terrible week.”

The club was quick to respond, stating: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The contractor has apologised and we've taken action accordingly.”

The footage appears to have been originally taken by Colin Rowland, who joked: “Massive security operation at Tottenham today on an unprecedented scale.” He has received hundreds of comments as well as 12,000 ‘likes’.

It comes as Premier League clubs up their security measures following a letter sent out by the league’s governing body.

A Premier League spokesman said: "Premier League clubs take safety and security very seriously and have a range of policies and provisions in place. They routinely work closely with the police, and with their local safety advisory group.

"Following the tragic events in Berlin, the Premier League shared with clubs relevant up-to-date information and guidance provided by statutory authorities."

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