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Barnet Police officers to play football match at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland
A team of police officers from Barnet are taking on their Swiss counterparts in a friendly football match at UEFA’s headquarters.
PC Shirvin Zeinalzadeh has organised the fixture at the home of European football’s governing body to “build bridges” with other police forces on the continent.
The constable, based at Colindale police station, was last year sent to Switzerland on secondment with the Police Cantonale De Vaud, Barnet Police force’s Swiss equivalent.
Having played for their football team while he was there, PC Zeinalzadeh rounded up a squad from Colindale on his return and the group of 17 will fly out on their two-day trip tomorrow.
The 11-a-side match will be held on a pitch at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, on the edge of Lake Geneva.
Each officer has paid for their flights and accommodation, while local business Exhibit Car Detailing sponsored the kits.
PC Zeinalzadeh said: “This is a bit of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’re very proud to be representing Barnet and the Met Police.
“We’re hoping this will build relationships with the Swiss police and we’re looking at continuing it when we get back with other countries and groups and organisations in the Barnet community.
“It’s certainly the closest most of us will come to playing international football and we’re really looking forward to it.”
To find out how the boys got on, visit the Times Series website next week.
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