In an article posted to this website entitled Football Banning Orders | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitorswe explained how Football Banning Orders could be obtained under The Football Spectators Act 1989.

Helen Holder of Kangs Solicitors now considers a recent case at Nottingham Magistrates’Court and indicates the consequences of becoming the subject of a Football Banning Order.

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The Case In Question | Kangs Assault Offences Defence Solicitors

  • On the 24 February 2022 a nineteen years old Leicester fan named Cameron Toner ran onto the pitch at Leicester’s FA Cup Match with Nottingham Forest and assaulted three players. 
  • He pleaded guilty to going onto the area of play at a football match and three charges of assault for which he was sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined one hundred pounds.
  • The Crown Prosecution Service obtained a Football Banning Order which was issued preventing Toner from attending any club or international matches for ten years.

The CPS stated:

‘The CPS is determined to play an active part in protecting the vast majority of football supporters who want to attend and enjoy the games. We continue to work alongside the police and courts to bring those whose behaviour deteriorates to criminality to justice and will apply for football banning orders to ensure fans who do commit offences at games will not be able to return to games and put the safety and enjoyment of others at risk.’

Football Banning Orders | Kangs Personal Restraint Orders Solicitors

Production and Notification Requirements

A Football Banning Order will require the person against whom it is issued to report to a police station within five days of its making and surrender their passport when required by the Football Banning Orders Authority. 

Thereafter that person must inform the police of:  

  • any change of name,
  • the first use of any name not disclosed at the time of the making of a Football Banning Order,
  • a change of home address,
  • the use of any temporary address,
  • any change of temporary address or ceasing to have one,
  • any loss of passport,
  • receipt of a new passport,
  • any appeal made in relation to a Football Banning Order,
  • any application made under section 14 H(2) for termination of a Football Banning Order,
  • an appeal made under section 23(3) against the making of a declaration of relevance in respect of any offence resulting in conviction.

A person who is made subject of a Football Banning Order is prohibited from attending all ‘regulated football matches’ which covers any Association Football Match in which either team is a member of the Football League, the Football Association Premier League, the Football Conference or the Welsh Premier League, or the Scottish Professional Football League.

The Length of an Order

  • When made following conviction under s.14A Football Spectators Act 1989, a Football Banning Order may be up to ten years if immediate imprisonment is imposed and must be for at least six years. If no immediate imprisonment is ordered, the maximum period is five years and the minimum three years.
  • If made under s.14B Football Spectators Act 1989, the maximum period for which a Football Banning Order may be issued is five years and the minimum period is three years.

Breach of an Order

  • It is a criminal offence to fail to comply with any requirements imposed by a Football Banning Order. 
  • Such an offence can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court where the maximum sentence is one of six months imprisonment or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the Standard Scale. 

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

The potential impact on a person of being subject to a Football Banning Order is far reaching.

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 521 210.

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