Criminalisation in Numbers


‘Bubble’ matches1

61

‘Bubble Matches’ since 2002

‘Bubble’ match travel amounts to ‘kettling’ on wheels. Travelling fans must be transported on licensed coaches and under police escort, from a designated pick-up point to a designated drop-off point. No independent travel is allowed to the match by car or public transport. Fans often must pick up their tickets on route, for example at a motorway service station at a halfway point.


Football Banning Orders2

2,181

Football Banning Orders active on 8 September 2015

484

new banning orders in season 2014—15


Football-only offences – prosecutions3

3033

prosecutions of football-only offences since 2010, including:

190

prosecutions for possession of alcohol whilst entering or trying to enter ground

791

for being drunk in, or whilst trying to enter, ground

28

for possession of pyrotechnic devices while in, or trying to enter, ground

197

for throwing missile

45

for indecent or racist chanting

733

for going on to the pitch

15

for unauthorised sale or attempted sale of tickets

1043

for breach of Football Banning Order


Football-only offences – arrests4

5903

arrests for football-only offences since 2010, including:

3367

arrests for possession of alcohol or being drunk in, or whilst trying to enter, ground

275

for breach of banning order

424

for possession of pyrotechnic devices while in, or trying to enter, ground

288

for throwing missile

163

for indecent or racist chanting

925

for going on to the pitch

461

for unauthorised sale or attempted sale of tickets


UK Football Policing Unit5

£1,377,714.82

budget in 2014—15

78

total number of police ‘spotters’ deployed by the unit overseas between June 2012 and June 2015

£3,735,699

funding to police forces to prepare civil Football Banning Orders, 2008-12

 


(1) Obtained from FOI requests to police authorities by the Manifesto Club. A Manifesto Club report ‘The Case Against Bubble Matches’ found that there had been 48 travel-restricting bubble matches between 2002 and 2010. Subsequent reviews in 2014 and 2016 identified a further 13 since 2010.
(2) Home Office statistics on ‘Football-related arrests and banning orders’
(3) FOI response to the Manifesto Club from the Ministry of Justice, June 2015
(4) Home Office statistics on ‘Football-related arrests and banning orders’
(5) First two figures from FOI response from Home Office to Manifesto Club, 30 July 2015. Final figure from FOI response to Harry Stopes, 14 August 2013