Football Banning Orders
Football-related offending covers a wide range of behaviour, from simple drunkenness in or around a stadium to large scale disorder. We have extensive experience of dealing with the full range of football related prosecutions.
It is not unusual to be made subject to very strict bail conditions. Such conditions regularly include a prohibition on attending regulated matches, which can have serious consequences for season ticket holders and others. Given that cases often take many months to reach conclusion, the effect of such bail conditions is tantamount to a banning order (see below). We are well-experienced in challenging the imposition of tough bail conditions both at the police station and at court.
Most convictions in these cases are accompanied by applications for Football Banning Orders. Such an order can prevent you from attending games or even being in the vicinity of a ground when a game is being played. Banning Orders may also prohibit travel abroad. Such orders last for a minimum of three years and breaches can be punished with imprisonment.
We have extensive experience representing defendants facing football-related allegations. Recent cases include the successful defence of three supporters facing allegations of serious disorder on the London Underground. We have represented defendants charged following disturbances after other national and international matches. As a result of our representations, oneclient had his prosecution for a racially aggravated offence (at an Arsenal Champions League fixture) dropped.
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