Football law solicitors fight banning order
For many a day trip to see a football match with friends is about more than the match itself. The journey, banter, songs, food and drink are as important as the match itself in making the day memorable. Sometimes, however, a combination of these factors can lead to our clients coming to the attention of the police. This is where our football law solicitors can help.
However just because you are guilty of a crime on a day when you attended a football match does not mean that it is a football related offence. Such an argument might mean that you can avoid a football banning order with the help of our football law solicitors.
The order would ban you from attending all football matches in the UK for a minimum period of three years so their effects are far reaching.
Experienced Chesterfield crime solicitor Kevin Tomlinson recently represented a grateful client in opposing such an order being made.
The background to the Allegation
The relevant football match was West Bromwich Albion against Leeds United. The game ended with a convincing win for the home team.
Our client was later on a train travelling from Birmingham to Derby coming home from the game. A complaint was made that he was engaging in disorderly conduct. Police officers became involved and he was described as being drunk and shouting and swearing. It amounted to an offence contrary to Section 5 Public Order Act 1986.
Receipt of a postal requisition
The police did not arrest our client at the time but later tried to arrange a voluntary interview but our client chose not to cooperate. As a result, he simply received a postal requisition notifying him of a court date.
The case was to be heard at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and he instructed Kevin, a keen football fan himself, to assist.
Guilty plea at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court
Kevin’s client accepted that he was guilty of the offence. As a result, in order to take advantage of the credit available, he pleaded guilty. Mitigation was put forward to persuade the Magistrates’ to impose a conditional discharge. This meant that our client would only be punished if he committed a fresh offence within the next 12 months.
Opposition to a football banning order
In addition to the criminal charge the police, through the prosecution, made an application for a football banning order. You can read more about the circumstances in which such application can be made here.
In summary, if the application was successful, Kevin’s client would not have been able to attend any FA football match in the UK for three years. As a result, it is important to instruct expert football law solicitors contest any application.
In order to impose a football banning Order it must be shown that the criminal offence was “football related.” Kevin studied the evidence in the case closely and applied the case law to the circumstances of the case.
He was able to successfully argue that there was no link between the offence his client had pleaded guilty to and the football match his client had been to. As the court agreed with his argument no order was made. Kevin’s client was delighted and could continue to attend football matches without restriction.
Contact one of our football law solicitors
If you are arrested or know that the police wish to speak to you about a football related offence then make sure you insist on your right to free and independent legal advice.
If you have already been interviewed or face court proceedings we can still make a real difference to the outcome of your case.
We have offices across the East Midlands and will happily travel across the country to provide representation for all football related offences.
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