Fan Behaviour: Sporting organisations' liability for spectator behaviour
There have recently been a number of incidents where the safety of athletes have been compromised by the actions of spectators: two cyclists were shot in the Tour de France and a man was charged with a hate crime after throwing fireworks at the Danish Gay Games. Elizabeth Riley, a non-practising Barrister with Bird & Bird, examines examples where sporting organisations have been found liable for supporter behaviour in negligence or under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. Riley also examines contractual liability and how a sporting organisation's members can be held liable for supporter behaviour under the rules of that organisation.
The full version of this article appears in the September edition of World Sports Law Report.