I have spent the last three years trying to join the mob. I got arrested almost three years ago for at a football match for a section 4 public order offence, (basically for gesticulating at opposing fans), and was convicted on the lesser charge of section 5 public disorder and fined Â£200. Admitedly i was guilty. I went to my local AFCO to apply for the RN and was told that under the Criminal Rehabilitation of Offenders Act i was ineligible to apply for 5 years, because I had been fined. However I could appeal after 2 1/2 years. My 2 1/2 years are now up and I am looking forward to seeing what happens after christmas. What really annoys me is the fact that had i committed the offence at any other event than a football match, i would not of been arrested and subsequently prosecuted. Football has its own set of laws. My local AFCO took this into consideration and was very understanding. He went out of his way to try and help me, but unfortunatley for me his hands were tied. I was advised to "Keep my nose clean" I have not being to a football match since. I agree that there has to be some legislation for the rehabilitaion of offenders. Under current system the rehabilitation period is based on the imposed sentence, this does not always reflect the true nature of the crime, I feel it should be made on an individual basis. http://www.lawontheweb.co.uk/rehabact.htm Has anyone else suffered any similar problems?