When you visit our website or our apps, information relating to the pages you look at may be saved in files called 'cookies' or with similar technologies, which are stored on the device that is being used to access the site. This page explains what cookies are, what they are used for and how you can adjust your settings to manage cookies.
II. What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files that may – depending on your settings – be stored on the hard drive of your device (be it a computer, tablet, mobile phone or any other device that can access the internet) when you visit a website or click on an advertisement. Cookies are used to identify the device on which they are saved and are operational for a limited period of time.
III. What are the cookies issued by our site used for?
There are four different types of cookies that may be saved on your device while browsing our site. The intended purpose of each of these types of cookie is described below.
1. Technical cookies
Technical cookies are necessary to browse our site and access the various products and services that are available. They are used to:
• optimise the presentation of the website in line with your device's display preferences (language used, screen resolution, operating system, etc.);
• allow you to access personal areas (such as your user account or content that is reserved for you) on the basis of the information that you provided when creating your account;
• remember some information relating to forms that you have filled in on our website;
• compile statistics measuring visits to and use of our site;
• implement certain security measures.
These cookies must not be deactivated. If they are, you will have problems accessing the site and its services.
2. Audience-measuring cookies
Audience-measuring cookies are issued by us and/or our technical service providers in order to measure the number of people accessing our various types of content. These cookies are also used to identify any potential navigation problems and thus improve the website's usability. These cookies produce only anonymised statistics and do not provide information on individual visitors.
3. Social media and partners' cookies
Social media and partners' cookies allow you to share our site's content with other people or tell people what you think about content on the site. A number of sharing buttons are integrated into our site using third-party applications that could issue this type of cookie. This is true, for example, of Facebook's 'like' and 'share' buttons, as well as the 'Twitter', 'Google+', 'YouTube' and 'Instagram' buttons. The social network providing the button in question may be able to use that button application to identify you, even if you do not click on the relevant button while visiting our site. Indeed, that type of button application may allow the relevant social network to see your browsing activity on our site if your account with that social network is active on your device (i.e. an open session) while you are browsing our site. We suggest you consult the privacy policies of those social networks to see what browsing information acquired via such button applications is ultimately used for (as regards advertising, for example). Those privacy policies should allow you to indicate your wishes to the relevant social network in respect of cookies, notably by adjusting the settings on your user account.
4. Targeting and advertising cookies
These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make as much as possible advertising relevant to you and your interests. This information is then used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. These cookies can be placed by us or third parties including advertising networks. These cookies remember which websites you have visited and this information can be shared with other organisations such as advertisers. These cookies and the relating data processing is subject to the privacy and cookie policies of those third parties.
Among advertising cookies that may be used on this website, you will in particular find cookies operated by the company Booking.com. Such cookies are meant to inform you as best as possible on travel-linked opportunities (such as hotels) for locations where football events take place for which you have shown interest.
IV. Tracking pixels
In addition to the four categories of cookies described above, our website may use so-called 'tracking pixels' in order to follow the effectiveness of various elements (including advertising aspects) of our website. Such tracking pixels are very small 1x1 pixel images integrated within different pages of our website.
Whenever you visit our website, the tracking pixel sends some limited information to the pixel server, including possibly your IP address. This information is only meant and used for statistical purposes in relation to (i) the number of different users of our website, (ii) the number and types of pages visited, as well as (iii) the effectiveness of advertisement strategies.
Please note that blocking cookies will not automatically block the information being sent through the tracking pixel. You may, however, block the sending of such information by setting your browser to be as restrictive as possible with external graphics, placing appropriate firewall settings and/or some browser extensions.
This can, however, restrict other functions under certain circumstances.
V. Your options regarding cookies
1. Acceptance or blocking of cookies
2. Adjusting your settings on different browsers
When it comes to the management of cookies, each browser is set up in a different way. This will be covered by your browser's help menu, which will tell you how to adjust your cookie settings. Click on the relevant link below to access detailed information regarding cookie settings – should your browser not be mentioned here, we invite you to look into the possibilities such a browser offers to adjust your cookie settings:
• Microsoft Internet Explorer
• Google Chrome
3. Other ways to block cookies
Depending on the type of cookie, there are other ways of managing cookies that do not involve adjusting your browser's settings.
a. Blocking audience-measuring cookies
Audience-measuring cookies have been placed on our site by Google Analytics. You can block these specific cookies by clicking on the deactivation link below, downloading the add-on and installing it on your browser. This add-on is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera.
Google Analytics deactivation link: Deactivate Google Analytics
Please note that the add-on will save a cookie on your device, but that cookie will be used only to prevent your browser from transmitting data to Google Analytics.
For more information on deactivating Google Analytics and installing the browser add-on, click here: Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics
b. Blocking social network cookies
To block cookies used by social networks (e.g. via sharing buttons), follow the instructions in the links below: