WATCHING football is not a crime!
This is part of an ongoing drive by the Football Supporters Federation to monitor the police in their dealings with football supporters and work with them to ensure that all fans are treated fairly, within the law and in exactly the same way as other social groups.
‘Watching football is not a crime!’ has been launched as a direct reaction to recent instances of police officers using Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 as a way of stopping football supporters, usually in pubs, from attending matches.
These instances are not restricted to high-profile Premiership games. Recently, 15ŠPlymouth Argyle fans were on their way to see their team play away against Doncaster.
Club stewards directed the group to a nearby pub. Despite there being no trouble, the group, whose number included children, were confronted by the police and told that they would not be attending that afternoon’s game.
Instead they were given a police escort through three counties back toward Plymouth.
The FSF has teamed up with the civil rights organisation Liberty and is fully committed to taking this issue to court in order to prevent police using Section 27 on innocent football supporters.
To stop the use of Section 27 legislation as a strategy for policing football supporters.
To inform supporters this is happening with examples and steps to take if you are a victim of Section 27 legislation.
Prosecution/compensation – to establish whether or not use of Section 27 legislation by police on football supporters in this way is lawful, and if not, to take appropriate legal action to compensate as many of the victims of this tactic as possible. Specifically, we will strive to achieve the following compensation for innocent fans: refunds on travel expenses and match tickets, deletion of any records of incidents held on file, and a written apology.
Huddersfield Town Supporters Association does not see this as a local issue and has a good relationship with the club’s police liaison officer, but does give its support to the FSF campaign.
For any more information, please consult the FSF website at http://www.fsf.org.uk/ or contact us – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07798 727782.
And now, with hopes of a trouble-free trip to Crewe – weather wise and any other wise! – the HTSA coach will leave the stadium on Saturday week at 12.30pm. Fares are £11 and £9 concessions. Please ring 07926 165863 to book.