Football Banning Orders, Proportionality and Public Order

Clifford Stott, Geoff Pearson

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This article provides a critical analysis of the UK legislation on football banning orders. The historical development of this legislation is outlined and concerns are raised about its impact upon civil liberties and human rights, particularly with respect to Section 14B of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000. The article then outlines a body of research on crowd psychology, public order policing and football ‘disorder’ that questions the determining role of the banning order in the reduction of English ‘hooliganism’ at international football tournaments. With regard to tests of proportionality the article concludes by raising important questions about the efficacy and justifiability of football banning orders as a long-term strategy for the management of football ‘hooliganism’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-254
Number of pages13
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Football
  • Hooligans
  • Social Psychology
  • Banning Orders
  • Crowd Management


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