Football Banning Orders

With England victorious in qualifying for the last World Cup, many of the team’s loyal supporters are no doubt getting excited about the prospect of seeing more victories to come. 

Celebrations, however, can come at a price if those celebrations turn sour.

Football Banning Orders (FBOs) can be imposed by the court against anyone convicted of a football-related offence.  FBOs carry a minimum duration of three years, and they prohibit a person from attending football matches within England and Wales.  These are predominately football matches involving teams which are members of the Premier League, the Football League or the Football Conference, but other matches may also qualify.

Any person made subject to an FBO would be required to report to his local police station within 5 days of the order being imposed.  When certain high-profile matches are played abroad, the person may be required to surrender his passport and report to a police station at intervals during the match period.

This means that anyone who received an FBO in the 2013-14 season would have been prevented from travelling to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and won’t be able to attend Euro 2016 in France or any European club games or Euro 2016 qualifiers.  That’s a hefty penalty for any dedicated follower of either a club or a national team.

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