344. Making of football banning orders on conviction.

Where a person (the 'offender') is convicted of a relevant offence1 the court2 must make a football banning order3 in relation to him if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that making such an order in relation to the offender would help to prevent violence or disorder4 at or in connection with any regulated football matches5. This condition clearly contemplates that there must be a risk of repetition of violence or disorder at a football match before it is met, although it is not automatically satisfied merely because the instant offence is football-related6. There is no necessity