Friday, April 09, 2021

New Policing Bill Could Hinder Football Supporters

The FSA is concerned that the proposed Policing bill could threaten matchday routine.

This from the FSA:

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently making its way through Parliament – and this week FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks has been looking at its potential impact on match-going fans.

With help from civil liberties campaigners and Lochlinn Parker from ITN Solicitors, Amanda has been looking at how the Bill in its current iteration could see traditional supporter behaviour - such as congregating outside grounds, pubs or town centres - curtailed by new police powers.

"Much of the coverage has talked about how the Bill, in its current form, will have a hugely negative impact on protest," Amanda said.

"But why are we concerned about it? Well, obviously football fans protest as well, but they congregate in other ways too and unless the Bill is redrafted then we can see how easily the legislation will be used against fans on a match day."

The FSA will submitting evidence soon to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and if there is anything you think we should consider including please do get in touch with us.