Football's a party! has proved to be no hollow slogan over the years, on the contrary. Thanks to thorough reporting and sanctions based on the football law in recent years, more and more supporters, especially women and children, have found their way back to the stadiums.
The strict enforcement and sanctioning policies of recent years have greatly increased the comfort level of well-meaning supporters.
But it can still be much better! There are still supporters who intend to spoil the party for other supporters. They should realise that by their behaviour they keep other supporters away from football stadiums, can cause damage to their own club and are responsible for a whole range of safety measures which have to be taken, such as the combi-regime. Although the social cost of football security is falling every season, these rogue supporters continue to cost clubs and the government a great deal of money.
In view of the strict enforcement policy required, the police have no choice but to draw up an official report in the event of the slightest disturbance, so that troublemakers risk a fine and a stadium ban. Poor sporting performance by the team or certain refereeing decisions cannot be used as a reason for resorting to all kinds of disruptive behaviour. Racism, xenophobia and discriminatory statements are also unacceptable in a stadium! Talking negatively to supporters of the other team, for example because they belong to a different linguistic community, does not contribute to a good atmosphere in the stadium and can be sanctioned if necessary. On the other hand, encouraging your own team in a positive way is a win-win situation!
As we would like it to be clear to everyone what is and what is not allowed in and around a football stadium, below you will find which acts cannot be tolerated in a stadium and/or its surroundings:
Under the Act of 21 December 1998 on safety at football matches, as amended by the Acts of 10 March 2003, 27 December 2004 and 25 April 2007 (the Football Act):
- Throwing objects into the stadium or the perimeter;
- Violation of a perimeter ban or a stadium ban? A minimum sanction of 1000 euros and a new stadium ban of minimum 1 year for not respecting the stadium ban + possibility to report to the police (with a possible fine and/or imprisonment if this is not respected either);
- Knowingly providing material assistance to someone to violate their stadium ban;
- Entering the stadium illegally (when access was denied by a steward);
- In the stadium or the perimeter, not following directives or orders from the safety officer, stewards or police or emergency services;
- Possession or use of Bengal fireworks or other pyrotechnical objects: minimum sanction of 500 euros and a stadium ban of at least one year for lighting Bengal fire;
- Climbing fences, walls, as well as any means of separation from supporters;
- Entering the playing field or the surrounding area : minimum sanction of 1000 euros and a ban from the stadium for at least 2 years;
- Being in a different section than for which you have a ticket, being in the stadium without a ticket or with an invalid ticket;
- The sole or collective incitement to hatred and anger or to beatings and injuries in the stadium or in the perimeter? minimum sanction of 500 euros and -a stadium ban of at least 1 year if in the stadium against a steward, security officer or member of the emergency services;
- Group incitement to hatred and anger or to violence and injuries on the entire Belgian territory from 24 hours before until 24 hours after the match (e.g. motorway parking lot).
In the context of the circular OOP 40 of 14 December 2006 containing guidelines on offensive, racist and discriminatory remarks and speeches made during football matches:
The tolerance limit is exceeded if, on the occasion of a football match, a person publicly incites third parties or publicises his intention to discriminate, hate or violence against a person, a group or a community on account of an alleged race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or state of health of that person, the members or some of the members of the targeted group or community;
Spectators must therefore refrain from any racist or discriminatory behaviour and from offensive speeches and must not take into the stadium any symbols, drawings, flags and banners with an offensive, provocative, racist or anti-Semitic message or which are associated with (neo-)Nazi ideology;
If a spectator feels ready to do so, he can address the person concerned about his behaviour, inform the stewards or police present and/or inform the club or police at a later time;
Moreover, when buying a ticket, you agree to the internal rules of the organizing club. You can read the internal rules of each club at the entrance to the stadium.
Every supporter is therefore asked to attend the football event in a spirit of respect, tolerance, sportsmanship and fair play. This is also expected from the players on the pitch, the clubs and the referees. The stewards will be on site to answer all questions about safety and much more.
For more information on the issue of safety at football matches, you can also contact the following bodies:
The security manager of your club or the football and spotters file manager at the local police
Federal Public Service Home Affairs - General Direction Security and Prevention Policy - Football Club: [email protected](link sends email)
Federal Police - Cell for Integral Football Safety: [email protected](link sends email)
Royal Belgian Football Association - Security Department: [email protected](link sends email)
Professional Football League: [email protected](link sends email)
RULES OF INTERNAL PROCEDURE:
Article B9.2 The internal rules of procedure shall apply to the entire complex of all football stadiums. However, the organiser of the football game may add special provisions in an Article '15'.
Article B9.3 Clubs and organisers are required to apply the following internal rules of order within the framework of a football match or other football event with regard to persons entering, wishing to enter or present on the pitch. The organiser should display these Regulations on Internal Order at the entrance to the complex in a clearly visible manner. The provisions with regard to the Regulations governing Internal Regulations are not applicable to recreational football.
Internal Rules of Procedure:
Every person who enters the complex takes note of (the provisions of) these regulations, accepts them and complies with them.
Each holder of an admission ticket or of a special permit issued by the organiser enters the stadium complex entirely at his own risk. The organiser cannot be held responsible for any theft or accident.
Every person presenting himself for admission to the stadium should be in possession of either a valid admission ticket or a special permit issued by the organiser showing the authority to enter the stadium. The admission ticket is a one-off admission to the stadium. Every person present in the stadium must at all times be in possession of this admission ticket or of this special admission.
The ticket shall indicate, where appropriate, the assigned seat in the grandstand or zone.
Persons not in possession of a valid admission ticket or a special permit, or who cannot justify their presence on another legitimate ground (such as security or emergency services), will be refused admission or immediately removed from the stadium. The purchaser or transferee and any person transferring the admission ticket or the special permit are jointly and severally liable with the final holder for any damage caused by the latter in the stadium.
Any person entering or wishing to enter the stadium, including the holder of an admission ticket or a special permit, must submit to a check of his admission ticket or of this special permit. If stewards are present, they may ask persons entering or wishing to enter the stadium of the same sex as their own to undergo a voluntary superficial check of clothing and luggage, in order to detect objects which, if introduced into the stadium, could disturb the progress of the match, endanger the safety of the spectators and disrupt public order.The stewards decide which objects can be temporarily kept for return after the game. The custodian voluntarily gives these
Book B, Title 9 - SpectatorsPage 5of16 objects in safe custody free of charge and will receive a ticket. After the game the object will only be returned to the depositor against surrender of this ticket. The articles 1915 to 1954quater of the Civil Code are applicable.
In accordance with the relevant legal provisions: -those entering or wishing to enter the stadium will, where appropriate, be informed that the organiser is collecting and processing data for safety reasons. -images may be collected from any person entering or wishing to enter the stadium, which may be stored and processed. The processing of these images by the police services and/or the organiser is carried out solely with a view to ensuring the maintenance and observance of safety within the stadium complex, and is aimed inter alia at preventing and detecting offences punishable under the Law of 21 December 1998 on safety at football matches, crimes and breaches of the regulations on internal order, and at making it possible to punish them by identifying the offenders. Prohibited items or possessions
It is forbidden for the holders of an admission ticket or of a special permit who present themselves for admission to the stadium, as well as the persons present in the stadium, to bring in, to allow to be brought in, or to be in the possession of, any of the following objects 1°alcohol, drugs or stimulants, 2°bottles, glasses, cans or any other equivalent material that serves or is used to contain liquids or drinks,3°projectiles or explosives in a solid, liquid or gaseous state,4°flammable products or materials, aerosols,5°pyrotechnical objects such as bengal fire, 6°any weapon or dangerous, cutting or crushing object that could be used as such, 7°any means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd and/or cause damage to goods and persons.
Animals are not allowed into the stadium without the permission of the security manager.
The organiser reserves the right for safety reasons to -temporarily confine the spectators to the stadium at the end of the match - evacuate all or part of the stadium - refuse admission to the stadium despite being in possession of a valid admission ticket.
Inside the stadium, it is strictly forbidden for the holders of an admission ticket or of a special permit to:1° take pictures or make sound recordings of a match or to collaborate in such recordings for any other purpose than personal, non-commercial use in the private sphere, without the permission of the Pro League/Voetbal Vlaanderen/ACFF or the KBVB. This prohibition does not apply to competent press photographers, filmmakers or journalists, insofar as in the opinion of the organizer they act within the limits set by their accreditation or insofar as they act within the limits of the contracts concluded by the Pro League/Voetbal Vlaanderen/ACFF or KBVB with its commercial and/or media partners. In any case it is prohibited for anyone to sell photographs for commercial purposes without the permission of the portrait holder;2°to collect match data, scouting data, and/or statistics or to collaborate to this by means of wireless networks or otherwise, without a valid and prior written authorization from the organizer or from the Pro League/Voetbal Vlaanderen/ACFF or KBVB, except for their own non-commercial, private purpose;3° to be in the inaccessible parts of the stadium or in another stand, compartment or part of the stadium as well as in another place in the stand than the one mentioned on the admission ticket without the prior consent of the safety officer.However, for safety reasons, the organiser reserves the right to allocate a ticket holder a seat other than that specified on the ticket; 4° to climb buildings, constructions, fences or barriers, fencing, lighting poles, dugouts, roofs or any other stadium infrastructure and/or to stand on seats or benches before, during and after the game;5° to engage in insulting, offensive, provocative and/or discriminatory (racist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc.) texts, symbols, speeches, gestures and expressions;6° hinder the access and evacuation routes, staircases, corridors and to remain in such places longer than is strictly necessary for entering and leaving the stadium; 7° disguise oneself or conceal one's identity; 8° sell or put on sale drinks, food or any other product without the express consent of the organiser9°to perform any act with the aim or effect of moving any object or liquid or any other product in a loose or gaseous state onto the field of play, the area surrounding the field of play or into the stands (such as throwing or firing) or manipulating it in such a way as to endanger others (such as causing it to explode);10°to smoke in areas where there is a ban on smoking;11°to urinate in public;
13° to place banners, flags or other objects without the prior consent of the organiser. Moreover, they may not:-be hung up in front of advertising hoardings,-obstruct the view of the field of play,-obstruct evacuation routes,-obstruct recognition. Refusal of admission and removal from the stadium
Access to the stadium will be denied or refused to persons who:1°are clearly under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other stimulant;2°have received a stadium ban imposed by either an organiser or the national or international football associations or federations, or by the administrative or judicial authorities;3°show through their manifest behaviour that they understand to be disruptive of public order or provocative of it, for example by inciting blows, injuries, hatred, anger, etc;4° resist a control or issue at the request of the stewards taking part in the control of compliance with the internal regulations or if it is established that he is in possession of a weapon or dangerous object; 5° contravene the provisions of one or more articles of these internal regulations or refuse to obey the instructions of the persons appointed or mandated by the organiser.
If the organiser refuses admission to the stadium for safety reasons or has the person concerned removed from the stadium for the same reasons, neither the organiser nor the distributor shall be obliged to refund the admission ticket.
A person who is refused admission to the stadium or who is obliged to leave the stadium as a result of the organiser's decision or who fails to comply with the provisions of the internal rules and regulations may be excluded from attending football matches in accordance with the exclusion procedure in force under civil law. The 'Law concerning safety at football matches' of 21 December 1998 and its implementing decrees shall apply.
- It is not allowed to bring your own food and beverages into the stadium.
- It is allowed to consume food and beverages in the grandstands
- Throwing paper shreds, confetti and the like is not allowed
- It is not allowed to enter the stadium complex in possession of horns containing compressed gas.
- Flags and banners are allowed if in accordance with ART 11 of the Internal Regulations, last paragraph
Flagpoles must consist of hollow, pliable plastic tubes, no longer than 1.5m. Exceptions are possible with the approval of the organisation.
- ALL FORMS OF SMOKING (CIGARETTES, CIGARS, E-CIGARETTES, DEVICES THAT HEAT TOBACCO AND ALL OTHER TYPES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS) ARE PROHIBITED
The organiser commits himself, within the framework of the football games taking place in the stadium, to take all possible precautionary measures in order to prevent health risks related to the COVID-19 virus among the spectators and the security personnel, and this within the framework of the obligations as set out in article 3 of the Football Code and in line with the measures applicable, as imposed by the National Security Council.
- Obligation to use the mouth mask: on entering the stadium & on every movement in the stadium.
- Use the hand gels provided & keep your distance from each other.
- Social Distancing