Geoff Pearson

Geoff is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Law and Management at the University of Liverpool’s Management School. He graduated with an honours degree in Law before completing a PhD on Legal Responses to Football Crowd Disorder (both at Lancaster University) in 1999. He has published extensively on legal responses to football ‘hooliganism’, football fan behaviour and the management of football crowds, including two books. He has worked with the European Commission and the UK Home Office, as well as a number of police forces.

Geoff is Director of Studies of the unique MBA (Football Industries) programme, which has specialised in helping graduates into a career in the business of football since 1997 and teaches Football and Law and Sports Operations Management on this course.

His other interests include the practice, politics and ethics of Ethnography (he was one of the founders of the annual Ethnography Symposium in 2005), the use of police discretion, and football and European Union law, particularly in relation to employment rights and discrimination.

Born and living in Manchester, Geoff has been a United supporter since he was first taken to Old Trafford as a 3-year old in 1977. He is a season ticket holder on the Stretford End and a committee member of the Manchester United Supporters Trust.

Related Sessions
Thursday 30 October 2014, 19.00 Doggett's Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD


An Ethnography of Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals, 2012, Manchester University Press

Football Hooliganism: Policing and the War on the English Disease

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