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"Football Spectator Violence"

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will issue copies of the 1984 Government report "Football Spectator Violence", of which his officials were members, to all police forces in the United Kingdom;

(2) if he will (a) reissue his 1984 departmental report, "Football Spectator Violence" published by HMSO, ISBN 0 11 751749 6, and (b) distribute copies to the Football Association and the Football League.

[holding answer 17 May 1990]: The report on football spectator violence was issued in 1984 and copies were sent to the football authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers among others. One of its recommendations was that high-risk clubs should not play away at major seaside towns on or during public holidays. Following the disgraceful scenes of football hooliganism in Bournemouth on 5 May, my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has secured an undertaking from the Football League that in future it will give proper regard to a chief constable's assessment of the prospect of disorder when determining fixtures.