Policy

Criminal Legislation Affecting Fans

 

While responsibility for public safety now clearly rests with club management, the preservation of public order, albeit more and more supported by club stewards, is a task undertaken by the police. The most common charges libelled against football fans by the police include the following:

 

  • Assault
    Every attack directed to take effect physically on the person of another, provided there is criminal intent, is assault, whether or not actual injury is inflicted.
  • Breach of the peace
    Breach of the peace is constituted by one or more persons conducting himself or themselves anywhere in a riotous or disorderly manner to the alarm, annoyance or disturbance of the lieges.
  • The Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995
    Penalises those who, travel to and from sporting events, whilst carrying alcohol on buses and trains; those attempting to enter or found inside a sports ground with controlled containers (bottle, cans &c); those attempting to enter or found inside a sports ground whilst in possession of alcohol; and those attempting to enter or found inside a sports ground whilst drunk.

 

The Lord Advocate's Instructions to Chief Constable's Regarding Incidents During Sporting Events can be read here.

 

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