Stadium bans

The KNVB may impose a national stadium ban on the basis of a report from the Public Prosecution Service, a professional club or KNVB officials. The ban may be imposed under our Standard Conditions or on the basis of a mandate given to us by the professional clubs. 

A stadium ban may be imposed under the KNVB Standard Conditions if a person in possession of a match or season ticket commits a football-related offence inside the stadium or in its immediate surroundings.

A banning order is in force before, during and after the match

Anyone who buys a match or season ticket thereby agrees to our standard terms and conditions. Any violation of these standard conditions will lead to a banning order, which will be in force in and around the stadium including its immediate surroundings and buildings, before, during and after the match.

Mandate

Persons to whom the Standard Conditions do not apply and are found guilty of football-related misconduct, may receive a banning order on the basis of a mandate given to the KNVB by the clubs. This mandate allows us to impose a national stadium ban on all individuals, including those with whom we don’t have any contractual relationship.

Setting off fireworks is one of the offences that may lead to a banning order.

Stadium ban – length and fines

A banning order imposed under the Standard Conditions for at least a year carries an additional fine of:

  • € 100 for persons aged 12 to 16 
  • € 250 for persons aged 16 to 18
  • € 450 for people aged over 18

There will be no fines if the banning order has been imposed under a mandate from the clubs. 

Violations

A person who violates a stadium ban risks receiving a new (and possibly longer) stadium ban and a new (and possibly heftier) fine. They may also face criminal prosecution which could result in a prison sentence of up to six months.

A person who violates banning orders for the first time is liable to a fine of up to € 900. There is a maximum of € 1,500 for the second offence penalty for the second offence and a maximum of € 2,000 for the third and any subsequent offences.

A notice of appeal in relation to the granting of a football banning order must be made to the KNVB Stadium Bans Committee no later than 14 days after the decision was made. The Committee will deliver its verdict within 30 days of receipt and notify the person involved in writing. This term can be extended by 30 days. The Stadium Bans Committee will inform the person involved in writing. The terms defined in this clause do not apply if the person involved requests a postponement him/herself.

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