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A New Agenda For Football Crowd ManagementThe New Agenda: Proposals for Reform in Law and Policing

A New Agenda For Football Crowd Management: The New Agenda: Proposals for Reform in Law and Policing [In this chapter, we set out detailed proposals for improving football crowd management and regulation. In line with the arguments we have set out in this book about the importance of viewing football crowd management as an intersection between law and policing, we argue that reforms are needed to both of these strands. We argue that legal reforms are required to remedy outdated and ineffective laws and improve the legitimacy of the law in the eyes of fans, thereby also improving the ability of the police to maintain good relationships when enforcing these laws. Such changes include reform to the law on invading the pitch, a reining in on football banning orders ‘on complaint’, the abolition of two sections of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc.) Act, and bringing fan representatives into the heart of decisions about stadium safety. In terms of reforming policing, we propose that human rights considerations are put front and centre of football policing operations, and that forces look to improve their practices around intelligence-gathering and dialogue with fans. This can be assisted by the creation of specialist football policing units, the development of the role of the Operational Football Officer, more community-focused and violence reduction-focused approaches to football disorder, and the use of Supporter Liaison Officers.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A New Agenda For Football Crowd ManagementThe New Agenda: Proposals for Reform in Law and Policing

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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
303 –331
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-16298-5_10
Publisher site
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Abstract

[In this chapter, we set out detailed proposals for improving football crowd management and regulation. In line with the arguments we have set out in this book about the importance of viewing football crowd management as an intersection between law and policing, we argue that reforms are needed to both of these strands. We argue that legal reforms are required to remedy outdated and ineffective laws and improve the legitimacy of the law in the eyes of fans, thereby also improving the ability of the police to maintain good relationships when enforcing these laws. Such changes include reform to the law on invading the pitch, a reining in on football banning orders ‘on complaint’, the abolition of two sections of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc.) Act, and bringing fan representatives into the heart of decisions about stadium safety. In terms of reforming policing, we propose that human rights considerations are put front and centre of football policing operations, and that forces look to improve their practices around intelligence-gathering and dialogue with fans. This can be assisted by the creation of specialist football policing units, the development of the role of the Operational Football Officer, more community-focused and violence reduction-focused approaches to football disorder, and the use of Supporter Liaison Officers.]

Published: Dec 13, 2022

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