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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 103 Prohibiting attendance at matches in Scotland and Northern Ireland etc

565.Subsection (1) extends the definitions of “banning order”, “external tournament” and “control period” in the Football Spectators Act 1989 (“the 1989 Act”), so that those subject to English and Welsh orders will be banned from attending regulated football matches in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Reporting requirements and related provisions will only apply to “regulated football matches” involving Scottish and Northern Irish teams when they are played outside the UK.

566.A “regulated match” means any association football match prescribed by an order made by the Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 14(2) of the 1989 Act. When a court in England or Wales imposes a football banning order the subject is prevented from attending any regulated match in England and Wales, and from attending any regulated match outside England and Wales when given notice in writing by the English and Welsh enforcing authority under section 19(2B) of the 1989 Act. Prior to commencement the order prescribing regulated matches would be amended to reflect the effect of section 103.

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