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Defending Football Banning Orders.
If convicted of a football-related offence, the court will issue an FBO. Typical football related offences consist of:
- Public disorder
- Violent disorder
- Pitch invasion
- Throwing missiles
- Alcohol offences
To issue a football related ban the court must believe that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the individual’s behaviour at football matches posed a risk to public safety. However, it is possible for the Defendant to contest an FBO.
The individual may argue that the ban is not necessary or proportionate, or that they have not engaged in any behaviour that would justify the imposition of the ban. It is also arguable that receiving an FBO is a violation of human rights with the Court of Appeal – stating that they place a restriction on an individual’s right to a private life, liberty, and security.