In relation to certain offences for which a football banning order may be made1 the court is required to make a 'declaration of relevance', ie a declaration that the offence related to football matches or to one or more particular football matches2. The requirement that an offence be 'related to football matches' means that what falls to be determined is not the legal character of the offence, but whether it was related to the match or matches, which is left to the discretion of the judge, on the particular facts before him3.
A court may not in general make a
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