Czech FA, police agree deal on stadium security
Czech officials have tried - and tried again - to stamp out football hooliganism, but at last, say observers, a step in the right direction. On Monday, Czech police and the Czech Football Association (ČMFS) signed an agreement shifting responsibility for security to individual clubs. While the police will continue to monitor key games from outside stadiums, they will only move in if a situation gets out of hand.
“Hooliganism is of course nothing new, it’s a problem we’ve known about for a long time. Under new legislation Czech police will no longer intervene in areas where organisers are responsible. Under the law, the police only have to step in when the law is being broken: when people, or property, are threatened. That means that it was necessary to coordinate new rules: clubs will now have to hire private security and invest in new camera systems.”
“If everything works as described, it should have a positive effect. Spotters - hooliganism specialists - can help, while camera systems can help in creating a database of known transgressors. They could then be banned from visiting stadiums. Those are steps that should be taken by any top flight league and should improve the situation.”
The proposed changes will of course require large investments: according to Stanislav Hrabě private security alone can cost a club up to 120,000 crowns per match, while camera systems too will come with a costly price tag of around seven million crowns each. At the same time, the Czech FA has promised it will help clubs with financing, planning to set aside some 70 to 80 million crowns in loans - which would leave around five million crowns per club.