Kettling – the process of confining a group of people to a specific area – is sometimes used by police to manage crowds, enabling them to contain them for various reasons. A recent kettling incident occurred at a game between Shrewsbury and Portsmouth and resulted in West Mercia Police issuing a compensation payout to a 14-year-old boy.
The boy was attending the match with a friend and his dad, but upon arrival at Shrewsbury station he lost contact with his friend and his father. Police were waiting at the station and when the boy and other football supporters alighted from the train they were corralled by police and held in a nightclub and searched. This occurred over the space of two hours. A claim was brought against the police as the boy was not told why this happened and had done nothing wrong.
Have you been injured at a football match?
In most cases football matches pass without incident. Football stadiums are very safe places to be and proper crowd control at the stadiums and at transport hubs en route to the stadiums mean it is highly likely no issues will occur.
As can be seen in the above example, incidents can sometimes occur. It may be difficult to assess whether you have been unfairly treated in this way; in the above situation no injuries were sustained but the boy should not have been included in the kettling procedure by police due to his being a child. If you are questioning whether or not you have cause to bring such a claim, it is best to consult expert lawyers in a no-obligation position first.
Claiming compensation for injuries suffered at football matches
Accident Advice Helpline has been assisting people for years. We have helped win compensation for many people in lots of different situations such as this one, enabling them to get on with their lives. If you believe you have evidence that negligence of some kind has occurred at a football match, or you have been in a similar situation to the boy above, contact us now. We provide a 30-second online test on our website, or alternatively you can call our free 24/7 enquiry line for advice. We can assess your situation and determine whether there is indeed the chance to claim compensation on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown