Football (Disorder) Act 2000
The Football (Disorder) Act 2000 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom enacted during the premiership of Tony Blair. It served as an amendment to the Football Spectators Act 1989, and strengthened football banning orders (FBOs), a civil order imposed to those convicted of football-related offences. FBOs may be issued by courts in the United Kingdom, or following a complaint from a local police force.
|Act of Parliament|
|Introduced by||Jack Straw|
|Territorial extent||England and Wales|
|Made||4 July 2000|
|Laid before Parliament||13 July 2000|
|Royal assent||28 July 2000|
|Commencement||28 August 2000|
|Made under||Football Spectators Act 1989|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.|
The Act was "rushed through Parliament" by then-Home Secretary Jack Straw following violent clashes during UEFA Euro 2000 in France. It allows police in England and Wales to arrest those suspected of travelling abroad to participate in hooliganism at international games, and to withhold their passports up to five days before an international fixture. Straw stated during an opposition day for his Bill that he was keen to enact the new laws in time for England's next international game against France in September 2000.
FBOs, introduced by Football Spectators Act 1989, may ban an individual from football grounds in the United Kingdom for two to ten years, with provisions for individual cases. Supporters may also be barred from using public transport on matchdays, and from town centres and built-up, high-risk areas prior to and following matches.
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