What do they mean?
Football Banning orders can be given in addition to a punishment imposed on a criminal conviction linked to a football match or on application by the Chief Constable as a Civil Order with evidence of a pattern of unlawful behaviour.
The minimum term for the length of an order is three years but they can be made for as long as 10 years. There are many circumstances where an order may be made but if you are made the subject of an order, the restrictions you will be subject to are as follows:
- Report to a police station within 5 days
- Surrender your passport during matches held abroad
- Give notice of any change of name, any alias, change of address, renewal of travel documents.
- Not enter any premises for the purpose of attending any football matches in the UK that are regulated.
- Not to enter a restricted area around the ground for a period of time usually four hours before the schedule kick off time or six hours after the scheduled kick off time.
Further conditions may also be added in connection to your particular circumstances or the team you follow.
How can we help?
Always take advice. Football Banning Orders are extremely restrictive. It is important that the evidence on which an application for a banning order is made is examined carefully.
If you are made the subject of a Football Banning Order you are entitled to apply to vary some or all of the conditions either for a particular match day (for example, you need to attend an address within the exclusion area) or permanently. You can also apply to terminate the order after a period of time with evidence of complying with the conditions and good behaviour.