Football hooligans face a 10-year ban
Football hooligans will be banned for up to 10 years from matches in Northern Ireland under new powers to be given to judges.
From January 1, the courts will be able to order someone not to attend regulated matches if it it is believed they may cause violence or disorder.
Bans available to the courts will range from three to 10 years. Justice minister David Ford said the new criminal justice powers “will make Northern Ireland’s football grounds safer”.