Executive Protection


Security for athletes, players, teams and officials

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Sports requires protection and security – more than ever before

Executive Protection in professional sports

International sports federations, leagues and clubs rely on our expertise and experience

The sports sector is characterized today by internationality, publicity, commerciality, and complexity. Growing risks and dangers must be professionally addressed, including from a personal protection perspective.

Sport security has 2 dimensions for us:

on the one hand, we protect well-known athletes and their families on a private basis. On the other hand, we maintain contracts with national and international sports organizations concerning the personal safety of their officials, athletes, teams, and exclusive guests.

Actors in Elite Sports

Frequently Asked Questions

To the Point – we provide answers

Sport organizations, their officials, coaches, and teams, as well as individual players and athletes, present attractive targets from the perspective of criminals. Unfortunately, there are documented cases of attacks, as well as kidnappings and robberies. In the personal protection of well-known athletes, one must also consider stalkers, intrusive fans, and paparazzi.

Of course, the determining factor is always a specific threat assessment. Prominent athletes are often perceived publicly as representatives of a luxurious Western lifestyle. Some clubs also represent symbols that symbolize commerce and prosperity.

This can attract financially or politically motivated perpetrators, not only in the context of competition, tournaments, or training but also in private areas. In some cases, even children or spouses may come under scrutiny. National team members sometimes have to accept “spillover” threat risks that primarily concern the country they represent.

From our consulting practice, we know firsthand that elite athletes have been increasingly concerned about their personal security since the high-profile attacks in Paris (November 13, 2015) and Dortmund (April 11, 2017).

The study “Personal Protection in Professional Football,” submitted by Oliver Graf as an academic thesis at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg in 2019, confirms this trend. Empirically, it has also been shown that players and security officers of clubs and associations do not see clear risk associations with training, match operations, or team travel but rather identify the greatest security gaps in private contexts.

The rising numbers of stalking cases in sports or the significant increase in robberies and burglaries targeting football professionals and their families, especially in England and Germany, demonstrate that these concerns are generally justified.

Most prominent athletes do not consider permanent security escort necessary and are generally correct in this assessment. However, the situation changes when specific threat intelligence such as concrete threats or suspicious findings justify direct personal protection.

A security concept should generally be based on the results of a risk analysis, which includes current and hypothetical threats, your “digital footprint,” or what you have already done regarding security

A solid basic protection is typically achieved through a concept with the following components:

1. Behavioural training – including communication on social media

2. Mechanical and electronic security devices at home

3. Use of the Proteus.one smartphone emergency app with Bluetooth Flic button

4. Event-specific travel security measures depending on risk categorization

5. Discreet intelligence activities in your residential environment with 24/7 alarm readiness

6. Separated security escort in justified exceptional cases.

Proteus.one’s international Sport Security Footprint has steadily grown over the past 10 years. Private clients as well as international sports associations, leagues, and clubs trust us in creating and implementing modern, personalized security concepts.

We not only handle project-based security for major events but also provide ongoing personal protection for relevant actors.

What sets us apart is a deep understanding of the sports context, a specific network, and extensive experience in collaboration with authorities and security organizations (BOS).

We are proud and delighted to contribute to enhancing safety and security in sports.

Analysis | Conceptualization | Implementation

Three Dimensions – One Goal

Practice is good – Best Practice is better

Security guidance represents only a small, visible part of the facets and possibilities in personal protection. But even for the expert, it is not sufficient to know proven preventive and reactive measures.

From scientific risk analysis through conceptual development to successful implementation, strategic and operational consulting skills are also required.

Protection 3D

Reference Project: Sports

Executive Protection for a Major Sporting Event

Security measures for players, teams, coaches, and officials on behalf of a sports league

An American sports league plans to host a major sporting event in Germany for the first time in 2022.
Security services for the protection of players, coaches, teams, referees, officials, media representatives, and events are being tendered with a limited participation bidding process.

Proteus.one had already been recommended and prequalified with regard to all award requirements. After submitting and evaluating the offer, the contract was awarded, and Proteus.one was mandated as the General Security Service Provider.

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Driven by Expertise and Total Focus

Transparency Builds Trust

The demands and expectations for professional personal protection are constantly increasing. We have not only engaged with relevant developments and trends but have also implemented insights from a forward-looking and visionary perspective.

Our approach is based on the idea that genuine security enhancements only occur where scientific analysis, consulting expertise, and practical experiences from various security domains intersect.

About us

Managing Director
Oliver Graf
General Manager
Andreas Schubert
Senior Consultant Protective Intelligence & Forensics
Dr. Pantaleon Fassbender
Director Executive Protection | Private & Corporate
Carsten Doukas
Director Executive Protection | Sports
Kilian Laimer
Equipment & Organisational Services
Carsten Ibele
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Do you need personal security?

The first step is a trusting conversation

Initial consultation
Real guidance
Creating solutions
Sustainable concepts
Personal protection
Effective security
Feeling safe
High Quality of life

Personal protection inherently requires a client-provider relationship built on trust and openness. Some information asymmetries can be harmful. It is advisable to engage with each other professionally and have a detailed initial conversation.

So, do not hesitate to ask us questions and inquire thoroughly. If time allows, compare and also listen to your inner voice. In the end, it may save a life.

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