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Rehabilitation or risk aversion? Banning supporters from sporting events in the Czech Republic



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sport in Society
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Banning orders; sportrelated violence; football hooliganism; crime control; punishment
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Description Drawing comparisons with most European countries, the Czech ‘counter-hooligan’ policy seems like an exception. Despite occasional outbursts of securitising discourse emphasising an urgent need to eradicate violent incidents in the stadiums, we can hardly talk about a legal specificity of the phenomenon in the country. Undesirable behaviour related to sporting events is countered by existing criminal law provisions including court banning orders inspired by the English example. It is suggested that to evaluate the alleged ‘Czech exceptionality’, more thorough investigation of the everyday discourse and practices of the criminal justice and crime control agencies is needed. Based on judgments analysis, this article exposes a significant inconsistency in how courts apply and justify banning orders. It concludes that, to a lesser extent, we can identify a risk-oriented approach in the courts’ reasoning and after all, sport-related offences are considered as a special case of offensiveness as well in the Czech Republic.
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