Football Unit Objectives

After the Heysel tragedy that everyone knew, it was decided by Home Affairs to something must be done about the problems that stemmed from football fans. Allows comimissie Magot was formed which resulted in the unit.

Arise football Unit

The Football Unit has grown historically from “Magot Commission established after the Heysel disaster at the crisis center of the Government, which is embedded in the Interior, where a cell is formed that would monitor stadiums in terms of stadium infrastructure. The cell was named after the then Director-General of the gendarmerie, where crisis center fell under whose name was Magot. Then all these stadiums were controlled on the basis of a written manual with all of the requirements for Stadium infrastructure. in 1989, the manual has become a Royal Decree and those people also got a number of additional tasks based on maintaining order at football matches. In 1996, it was decided by the then Interior Minister Johan Vandelanotte that a unit should be established within the Ministry of the Football and that is totally official status by the entry into force of football in 1998. A special Royal Decree of June 1999 contains data and the description of what the unit football does.

Operation football Unit

The Football Unit has initiated a very small service, and has grown to employ 22 people who work around two key points. First, the coordination of all security at football matches. On the other hand, the use of football. Application of football himself, who also has two doors that both luck organizers. What inspection arenas during the week and during the matches at the stadium infrastructure, stewarding, CCTV, means ticket policy. Basically everything that has to do with security. On the other hand, the use of football in relation to the supporters. This means that anyone who violates the football against what an official report can be drawn up by the police. This procedure is covered by the unit football and procedures against the clubs. These are the administrative procedures that must be completed within six months after the fact. All these procedures are covered by the unit football, to give you an idea of the supporters is that at approximately 1300 cases per year. It introduced a little more than 1300 pv?? s, but does not follow a number of the cell because they are not complete. But it is roughly 1300 decisions per year who take the cell to the supporters who have violated the football.

Collaboration in Belgium

The Football Unit working in Belgium along with a variety of partners. An important partner for the unit football team, the mayor since he is solely responsible for maintaining public order within their territory. The Mayor makes it through their police officers, the police, you have three groups where the unit football collaborates with.

  • Commander steward: a responsible during a match.
  • Dossierbeheerder football: this person is responsible for all information management at football matches. This person must make a succession of all risk supporters, etc.
  • Observers: plainclothes police officers who know the risk fans should follow, note etc.

Another key partner clubs. Where you have the management of the clubs too, and it is the privileged interlocutor of the unit football, safety supervisor. Every club should have a mandated safety representatives. For important issues, the cell will talk with the Board and with the safety representative there. But in the end, when it comes to certain types of budgets, it is still the President or the Executive who decides what is released.
You also have Community Managers in different cities. These are people who are committed to preventive projects to involve the neighborhood better at football, and vice versa. This is especially true in cities where there are some problems of social gedeprivilegieerde young people trying to keep them on the football team on the right track.
Then you have the supporters ‘ clubs. Because the cell works primarily with the national federation of professional clubs.
Then you have the pro League and the Belgian football association, the second National League, the reference judge football within the various prosecuting authorities and integralcell football safety federal police. With the latter, Mr Vanhecke Department daily contact. They are the ones who will coordinate the police all the information exchange, the observers work how many observers must be true, how many police reinforcement to be there, where there must be people in the parking lot, etc. This means a wide range of all concerned.

Cooperation abroad

Cooperation with other countries for the unit football is very extensive and mainly under pressure from Belgium. It is a handbook for international police cooperation in connection with football matches with an international dimension. That has recently changed in June 2010. This is available on the website of the European Union. In this guide, from A to z explains how cooperation works in an international competition. The EU Handbook, by analogy apply also to non-member countries.
International cooperation in football is just about the most far-reaching cooperation in football that is due to the fact that there are almost weekly international competitions. And that there are a lot of supporters who travel back and forth.
All that information flow is through the NFIP, national information point.
Each Member State of the European Union must have the NFIP. In Belgium, integralcell football safety federal police. All information passing through these points.
The Football Unit also has a lot of consultation with UEFA.  Each year there is also a Champions League, Europa League meeting. This meeting takes place at the beginning of the season. All clubs participating in the Champions League and Europa League and all their police is the vrewacht. a major seminar to be taken each time also act as need to sit around a table and exchange information.
Then everyone gets a book where everything is what happened in the last 7 to 8 years when the club played at verpaatsing and so exchanged.