Football arouses passion like no other sport – it is natural to love your team and show your support. However, the many stringent rules surrounding football matches could see you in trouble with the police for seemingly innocuous actions. Early legal advice in such situations is a must.

The laws regulating spectator behaviour at and around football stadiums on match days are numerous and strict. At MW Solicitors we understand how distressing it can be to find yourself accused of a crime for seemingly harmless behaviour.
Arrests can be made for chanting or displaying banners others might find offensive, throwing objects, taking flares or fireworks to a match, entering prohibited areas, being drunk at the ground, or even carrying alcohol in a vehicle travelling to a match.

Meanwhile, swearing or yelling could see you arrested for a public order offence if someone feels threatened, as can using or threatening violence or damaging property.

How we can help

The specialist Criminal Defence Team at MW Solicitors is highly experienced at defending a wide range of football-related offences including:

  • public order offences;
  • alcohol offences;
  • firework offences; or
  • stadium offences.

We can also help you apply to the court for the early release from a football banning order, which courts can impose for up to 10 years if you are convicted of a football-related offence. Such orders can see you banned from the vicinity of all specified football grounds, as well as pubs and even public transport. 

Our specialist criminal defence solicitors will listen to your side of the story, gather all the relevant facts, scrutinise all the evidence and consider every possible defence.

We will be with you during the police interview to offer expert legal advice and ensure your rights are protected. If you are charged we will fight for your right to bail and provide you with the best advocates at trial to pick holes in every aspect of the prosecution case and win you the best possible outcome.

Funding options

We offer a variety of funding options including legal aid (depending on your financial situation and the seriousness of the offence) or you may wish to privately fund your defence.  We offer fixed fees where possible to give you certainty from the outset. 

At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those arrested or charged with public order or football-related offences.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors without delay on 020 3551 8500 or or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

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