WHY did the chicken cross the road? To get into a Premier League stadium.
Yes it may be funny that a chicken made it on to the pitch on Monday night as Blackburn took on Wigan but the valid question is how the hell did it get through security?
Not wanting to cast a dark shadow over the great sporting spectacle edging ever closer in London this summer but I pray that security is just that little bit more robust.
I’ve been to football stadiums and various events where security has been extremely strict and I have been at events where I have got in with cans of drink.
At more than one event I have witnessed security guards, rightly, take the lids off drinks bottles so that they can be poured intoplastic glasses.
I was also at an event, at Wembley Stadium, where I got into the ground with an unopened can of drink inside a plastic bag that wasn’t checked.
I can see why security guards sometimes want to check bags and pat you down in the quickest way possible.
They need to get thousands of people into a stadium for an event in the quickest time they can to avoid people needlessly pushing and shoving their way in.
But with the Olympics looming, an event that will see the eyes of the world focused on us, should we adopt an ultra strict approach, a more lenient stance or somewhere between the two?
I think we need to be as strict as possible as there can be no margin for error. Come on. If people can smuggle a live chicken into a football ground then surely there is no limit to what people will try if they think they can get away with it.
Surely that would be very difficult to smuggle past security. God knows I’ve struggled smuggling a pack of Maltesers into a cinema before.
The serious issue here is if something as noticeable as a chicken can make it past a security check at a Premier League football match then what next?
A worker at the Olympic Park recently drove into the grounds with a device that looked exactly like a bomb, through two checkpoints, without being questioned about what was in the box he was carrying.
If it was that easy for him, a person not intent on causing trouble, then how easy could it be for someone who wants to cause chaos when the Olympics visits London?
I’m not looking to worry people, despite what this column may seem to allude to, I am just saying that security has to be paramount at ALL events. This ranges from football games at lower league levels to major sporting events such as the Olympics.
As a country we are looking for London 2012 to be remembered as a sporting spectacle. But will the security be watching as closely as the eyes of the world are?