Football banning orders
Football banning orders

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Football banning orders
  • What is a football banning order?
  • When can a football banning order be made?
  • How is a football banning order made?
  • How long does a banning order last?
  • What are the penalties for breaching a banning order?
  • What is the penalty for breaching a notice to appear at court for an application for a 'civil' banning order?

STOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code, regardless of the date when the offence was committed. The Sentencing Code is the name given to Parts 2–13 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020) which together comprise the consolidated rules of procedure for the sentencing of criminal offences by the criminal courts in England and Wales. This Practice Note contains links to sentencing legislation which have been moved into the Sentencing Code and is in the process of being updated. See Practice Note: Sentencing Code for further information on the Sentencing Code and for assistance in locating relevant provisions within the Code.

What is a football banning order?

A football banning order is a measure designed to prevent offenders travelling to football matches in England and Wales and abroad. They include exclusion from football matches, restrictions from travel and prohibition from a zone around a ground for a period of hours before and after a game. Such an order prohibits the person who is subject to the order from entering any premises for the purpose of attending regulated football matches in England and Wales, or, if it relates to matches outside of England and Wales, requires that person to report at a police station.

The court has no power to limit an order to

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