In December 2023 police attended Villa Park when the Aston Villa’s game with Legia Warsaw game was scheduled. There was an outbreak of violence resulting in injuries, including police officers. 46 individuals were arrested. It was alleged that there was ninety minutes of sustained violence, including the use of flares which escalating the atmosphere and tensions related to ticketing issues.
Prior to 29 June 2022 the Court’s assessment on Football Banning Order (FBO) was determined by whether it was 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.
On or after 29 June 2022, the imposition of a FBO is mandatory unless the court deems that there are specific circumstances related to the offence or the offender that would render it unjust in all circumstances to do so.
The recent legislative changes and a revised policy agreements between the police and CPS are preventative in that they FBO’s are now pursued in all football violence related cases.
Football-related offences not only affect football supporters; football agents and high-net-worth earners connected to the sport might face charges related to offences, along with potential suspensions and fines. These offences could range from contract and FA rules breaches to potential involvement in money laundering.
The effect of an FBO is substantial. The FBO can be imposed for up to 3 years. For more serious criminality involving violence the duration of the order can be extended for up to 10 years.
Other ancillary penalties can also be imposed.
An FBO can mandate the surrender of your passport and/or direct reporting to a local police station when matches are played internationally. Travel restriction can be significant and the subject of local law enforcement.
If you find yourself pre or post charge with football related offences we advise you to seek legal advice from a member of Garrick Law’s Criminal defence team. We are experts, here to provide advice, support and legal aid. Contact a member of our team today at +44 (0)203 196 7822 or email us at email@example.com.