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?

Football banning orders

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 particular matches or in relation to particular teams. This was confirmed in Metropolitan Police Commissioner v Thorpe where the Metropolitan Police Commissioner successfully challenged a football banning order which banned the subject from attendance at matches between Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea. Orders must prohibit the subject from attending any and all football matches for the duration of the order.

Banning orders are issued by the courts following a conviction of a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force. For an order to be issued, it must be proved that the accused person has caused or contributed to football-related violence or disorder and that an

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