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How are lifetime bans on fans implemented?

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10 Dec 2012 20:40 #740282 by Tony C

Are they told to show up elsewhere to report in on matchdays? For life?

A genuine question - what steps are put in place to keep a banned fan away from a ground? Just curious.

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10 Dec 2012 20:45 #740285 by Cesar Rodriguez

Some (but not all) banning orders require fans to show up to a police station at the time of their clubs games I think. They are given as court sentences though and have an expiration, obviously.

I've absolutely no idea how clubs enforce their own lifetime bans though, people must be able to sneak in somehow, someway I would have thought.

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10 Dec 2012 20:55 #740293 by Borracho

The Leeds fan who thumped Chris Kirkland the other week was serving one of these, wasn't he?

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10 Dec 2012 21:05 #740298 by Tony C

That's what I'm getting at. Monitoring a short term ban may be possible, but the notion of giving out life bans seem like unenforceable grandstanding from the club's point of view.

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10 Dec 2012 21:07 #740299 by Tony C

AB2 wrote:

The Leeds fan who thumped Chris Kirkland the other week was serving one of these, wasn't he?

Yes, which is kind of my point.

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11 Dec 2012 00:23 - 11 Dec 2012 00:23 #740350 by Janik

It is worth noting that he got into an away game, rather than a home one. The suggestion being the Leeds United know his face and will/have previously ejected him from Elland Road.

Do clubs even have the power to ban their fans from attending away games? I would have thought only the courts could do that, and those banning orders are hardly ever for life.

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11 Dec 2012 01:27 #740354 by EIM

I think it essentially works like a suspended sentence. The initial banning order is a load of fuck all, but if you're caught breaching it you've got to jump through all manner of severe hoops.

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11 Dec 2012 05:24 #740360 by Uroš Predić

In the late 90s a Rovers fan familiar to our group was under a banning order which meant he could not be within a mile of the club's Belle Vue ground on a match day.

But he only lived half a mile from the ground, so he had to leave his house and spend the day kicking his heels in the town centre whenever Rovers were at home.

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11 Dec 2012 18:16 #740462 by Squarewheelbike

Some Boro fans got banned for setting off marine flares at Burton Albion a couple of years back, they have to register with the pollis on match days.

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