Mar 152015

A total of 65 Liverpool FC, Everton and Tranmere fans are currently banned from going to watch their team, according to police.

Football Banning Orders (FBOs) generally last for six years and prevent fans from entering a football stadium and its surrounding area.

There are currently 32 in place against Liverpool FC fans, 25 against Everton fans and eight against Tranmere Rovers fans.

These eight individuals pictured were each given a six year FBO, after being charged with violent disorder following a brawl at McHale’s on Lime Street.

Ben Davies, 18, from Kirkby VIEW GALLERY

The incident took place after the Liverpool match against West Ham on December 7, 2013. Several people were arrested in a series of dawn raids in January 2014. Nine men pleaded guilty to violent disorder and each was given a prison sentence ranging from four to eight months. The men were:

  • Kieran Foynes, 19, from Dovecot
  • Gary Crook, 25, from Huyton
  • Michael Garrett, 23, from Bootle
  • Tom Dunne, 20, from Old Swan
  • Ben Davies, 18, from Kirkby
  • Christopher Cooper, 20, from Wallasey
  • Gary Astley, 26, from Prescot
  • Luke Casey, 19, from Old Swan

The ninth person cannot be named as he was underage when convicted.

In addition to their sentences, each received an enhanced FBO, which prevents them from entering the city centre when Liverpool are playing at home, and from being within two miles of Anfield stadium on match days. They are also banned from travelling to cities where Liverpool are playing away.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward QPM, of Merseyside Police, said: “Football banning orders are only one tool at our disposal in relation to policing football matches.

“For an offence to be considered as being football related it has to be within 24 hours either side of a football match. Distance is irrelevant just as long as we can prove it was football related.

“You might think you are anonymous in the crowd or in a busy bar and no-one can see your anti-social behaviour and actions but think about it next time because these people had the same thought.

“The use of these orders, along with our firm but friendly and fair approach to policing matches, has seen a fall in the number of arrests overall.

“However we are not complacent and will continue work with football clubs across the country to ensure that the behaviour of a small number of individuals does not affect the enjoyment of genuine fans attending games.

“On Merseyside there are already more than 60 football banning orders in force, which gives reassurance to those genuine fans and family groups who want to go and watch their local football club in a trouble-free atmosphere.”

What is a Football Banning Order?

  • FBOs are issued by the courts, after a person is convicted for a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service, or local police force.
  • To issue an FBO, it must be proved that the accused has caused, or contributed to football-related violence or disorder and that the FBO will prevent further incidents.
  • FBOs can last between three and ten years.
  • They can be customised to address individual behaviour patterns.
  • If a person breaches an FBO, they face a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

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