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Football-Related Offences Overseas

Volume 591: debated on Thursday 9 July 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will introduce legislation conferring jurisdiction upon English courts over persons resident in England and who have committed abroad acts of violence or public order offences connected with the presence there of an English football team or an English club team. [HL2528]

Extraterritorial jurisdiction over criminal offences committed abroad is generally limited to those offences considered to be the most serious. The Government are presently conducting a review of all football-related legislation, taking into account the events in France during the World Cup Finals. Consideration will be given to all options, including the suggestion made by the noble Lord.