Football Fans Not Criminals

The Manifesto Club is supporting a new campaign, Football Fans Not Criminals, highlighting the ways in which ordinary law-abiding football fans are being treated like criminals.

For merely attending a match and supporting their team, fans are subject to a series of special controls and restrictions which do not apply to supporters of other sports.

There are 11 laws which apply only to football fans, creating offences which would not be an offence in a rugby or cricket stadium.

It is an offence to carry alcohol into a football stadium, to drink in view of the pitch, to sell or give away tickets, or to throw any item in the air, however innocuous.

We are partnering with a number of groups and individuals to raise awareness of double standards and to call for some simple reforms.

See the campaign site.