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:
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.
- Judiciary of Scotland
- Scottish Police College
- Strathclyde Police
- Scottish Police Service
- Scottish Courts
- Scottish Law Online