Eight Belgian police officers to be sent as back up for the Euro
Saturday, 14 May 2016
Belgium will send eight police officers to the Euro football championship in France as back up, the Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Saturday. France has requested police support from every country taking part in the competition. The agents deployed will be specialised in football matches.
France has asked all the countries taking part in the European championship to send police back up. Each country will have to send a minimum of eight officers.
The Euro will start on the 10th of June and last a month. Nearly 2.5 million spectators are expected to watch the 51 matches, played by 24 teams in 10 stadiums.
Belgium will send eight officers specialised in football matches. It has not yet been decided whether these officers will wear a uniform or whether they will be armed. Their task will be to keep an eye on Belgian fans while the Red Devils are in the competition.
This initiative is supported by Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon. “Many Belgians will go to France to watch the matches. Of course we will contribute”.