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A New Agenda For Football Crowd ManagementLegal Measures to Prevent Violence and Disorder at Football

A New Agenda For Football Crowd Management: Legal Measures to Prevent Violence and Disorder at... [This chapter considers the key legal measures that have been designed to confront football crowd violence and disorder, or those that have been used to this end. It sets out the statutory stadium safety framework, along with football-specific and public order offences, in both their historical context and current operation, and considers how the courts have applied and interpreted these provisions. We argue that much of the legislation introduced to reduce football crowd disorder is outdated, having been introduced in a very different football spectator milieu in terms of stadium infrastructure and fan behavioural norms, as well as very different policing and legal environments. We contend that while football banning orders following conviction have probably had a positive effect on domestic football violence, many of statutory powers have been ineffective, and in some cases counter-productive, driving spectator behaviour in ways that can increase, rather than reduce, potential conflict. We conclude by suggesting that the existence of laws lacking legitimacy in fan communities makes reform of football policing more difficult.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A New Agenda For Football Crowd ManagementLegal Measures to Prevent Violence and Disorder at Football

Springer Journals — Dec 13, 2022

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2022
ISBN
978-3-031-16297-8
Pages
51 –95
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-16298-5_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter considers the key legal measures that have been designed to confront football crowd violence and disorder, or those that have been used to this end. It sets out the statutory stadium safety framework, along with football-specific and public order offences, in both their historical context and current operation, and considers how the courts have applied and interpreted these provisions. We argue that much of the legislation introduced to reduce football crowd disorder is outdated, having been introduced in a very different football spectator milieu in terms of stadium infrastructure and fan behavioural norms, as well as very different policing and legal environments. We contend that while football banning orders following conviction have probably had a positive effect on domestic football violence, many of statutory powers have been ineffective, and in some cases counter-productive, driving spectator behaviour in ways that can increase, rather than reduce, potential conflict. We conclude by suggesting that the existence of laws lacking legitimacy in fan communities makes reform of football policing more difficult.]

Published: Dec 13, 2022

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