CPS updates its policy to tackle football hooliganism

18/08/2009

Anyone receiving a Football Banning Order this season will not be able to actively support England and Wales if they qualify for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.

The Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in collaboration with the Home Office, the Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association are committed to operating a robust prosecution policy for football - related offences during the next season and beyond.

Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Avon and Somerset and Group Chair for CPS South West said: "As well as violence, disorder and criminal damage, we will deal seriously with offences of racist chanting and other types of hate crime and will apply for a Football Banning Order for those guilty of ticket touting."

Each CPS area has a lead football prosecutor who works closely with the police to tackle football-related violence and hooliganism. This effective system was praised by the South African Assistant Commissioner Ben Groenewald who, at the first CPS football conference in April, said he would be interested in implementing the same scheme for the South African World Cup in 2010.

Andy Holt, Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and ACPO lead on Football matters said: "Hooliganism is much less of a problem than in the past. Football banning orders have been very successful, with less than 10 per cent of those who are issued with banning orders re-offending.

"There are however a small minority of people who engage in football - related violence and disorder, causing a risk to the safety of the vast majority of law -abiding football supporters. ACPO and police forces have been working closely with the CPS to tackle football-related violence and hooliganism and to identify such individuals and bring them to justice. This is particularly important in the run - up to the World Cup next year."

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Notes For Editors

The policy is available on the CPS website at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/football_offences_policy.html.

For further information, contact CPS South West Press Office on 0117 930 1343 or 0117 930 1344.

The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:

  • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
  • Deciding the charge where the decisions is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court

The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk

The CPS South West Group consists of the areas Avon & Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and Gloucestershire

The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. The Protocol is published on our website at:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html