Kangs Solicitors has recently been instructed by a client to oppose an application by the Crown Prosecution Service for a Football Banning Order following his conviction for violent disorder prior to a Premier League Match in 2021.

Helen Holder of Kangs Solicitors outlines the relevant law.

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The Relevant Law | Kangs Football Banning Orders Solicitors

The Football Spectators Act 1989 (‘the Act’) created Football Banning Orders (‘FBOs’) which can be applied for in two ways:   

  • Following conviction under section s14A of the Act. 

If a person is convicted of a ‘relevant offence’ and

‘If the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that making a banning order would help to prevent violence or disorder at or in connection with any regulated football matches, it must make such an order in respect of the offender.’

The Court is entitled to hear evidence from both the prosecution and the defence.  The Court must be satisfied that the offence is football-related. If the Court does not make the order, it must state the reasons in open court.

  • Via complaint of a relevant Chief Officer or the Director of Public Prosecution to the Magistrates’ Court under s14B of the Act.

The test is that the respondent has:

‘at any time caused or contributed to any violence or disorder in the United Kingdom or elsewhere and the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that making a banning order would help to prevent violence or disorder at or in connection with any regulated football matches, it must make such an order in respect of the offender’.

Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors

If you are facing, or anticipate facing, an application for a Football Banning Order either following conviction or by way of a civil complaint, you should seek specialist advice. 

Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors

If you are facing, or anticipate facing, an application for a Football Banning Order either following conviction or by way of a civil complaint, you should seek specialist advice. 

Our expert criminal defence team is here to assist you and is available 24/7 on telephone number 07989 521210.

We welcome enquiries by telephone or email.

We provide an initial no obligation consultation from our offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Alternatively, we provide initial consultations by telephone or video conferencing.

Contact:

Helen Holder
hholder@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 0161 817 5020   

Sukhdip Randhawa
srandhawa@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 

Amandeep Murria
amurria@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396