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Sporting Offences & Football Banning Orders
Broadly speaking, hooliganism is a term used to describe disorderly, aggressive or violent behaviour carried out by spectators at sporting events, although this relates almost exclusively to football matches.
If you are facing charges relating to football hooliganism then it is vital that you seek expert legal representation at the earliest opportunity. This is where the specialist football offences solicitors at Minton Morrill can help.
The Football Offences Act 1991 covers offences specifically committed within football stadia before, during and after matches. The Act also created specific offences, such as:
- Throwing missiles onto pitches
- Participating in indecent or racist chanting
- Going onto the pitch without legal authority
Football banning orders
If someone is convicted for a football-related offence – such as being drunk in a football ground through to violence connected with a sporting event – or has a history of violence and there are grounds to believe they would cause or contribute to further football-related violence or disorder, then a court can issue a football banning order.
The order bans the person in question from attending matches for a set period of time, anything between three and 10 years, both at home and abroad. This means they will have to surrender their passport ahead of an international fixture.
Individuals are not given banning orders solely on the basis of minor convictions, such as alcohol-related offences, and it must be proved that issuing the order will prevent them from committing any further football-related offences.
Orders can be customised to deal with specific behaviour patterns. Breaching an order is a criminal offence and can result in a maximum six-month prison sentence.
If you are accused of a football-related offence or are facing the threat of a football banning order then having the right legal representation can make all the difference. At Minton Morrill, our specialist criminal law solicitors have particular expertise in advising clients facing football hooliganism charges.
To find out how our specialist football offences solicitors in Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England can help you, please contact us.
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