SUNDERLAND security staff were drafted in to save the day at St James’ Park.
The Newcastle ground was a host stadium for the London 2012 football tournament, however, the Geordies fell victim to the G4S security fiasco.
The security firm faced embarrassment when it failed to have sufficient staff ready for the beginning of the games and Olympic organisers called upon Wearside bouncers to keep the games safe.
Gbana Security, which provides door staff for city bars including Paddy Whacks and Ttonic, stepped up to the mark.
Managing director Les Ojugbana said: “Security is of paramount importance at international events like the Olympics. G4S were training people up for the Olympics who had no experience but you need someone who knows what they’re doing. Many of the guys at Gbana have been doing this for 10-15 years. The right security should have been used in the first place.
“About 50 of us from Gbana were at St James’ for the men’s and women’s football fixtures including Brazil’s quarter final clash with Honduras.
“It was totally different to manning the doors in Sunderland. Because it is such a big international security risk we had to search cars and families.”
Newcastle has been celebrating its success at hosting nine Olympic football matches, which brought thousands of visitors to the city from all over the world.
Les said: “There was a great atmosphere at the games, everyone has got involved with the Olympic buzz.”
G4S has admitted to a series of failings over its contract to provide security staff for the Olympics.
A shortfall in the number of security guards forced the government to deploy 3,500 extra troops, and police officers have been drafted in from across the country.