Over 1,000 Eng­land hooli­gans blocked from Rus­sia trip

New Straits Times - - SPORT -

LON­DON: Over 1,000 English foot­ball hooli­gans have had to hand in their pass­ports ahead of the World Cup in Rus­sia to pre­vent them from at­tend­ing, di­min­ish­ing fears of a re­peat of the clashes with Rus­sian ri­vals at the Euro 2016 fi­nals.

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day say­ing that the Foot­ball Ban­ning Or­ders Au­thor­ity (FBOA) — part of the Home Of­fice — or­dered 1,312 banned in­di­vid­u­als who hold a pass­port to sur­ren­der it to po­lice last week.

The lat­est fig­ures re­leased on Wed­nes­day show that forces in Eng­land and Wales have ac­counted for 1,254 pass­ports.

Some 10,000 Eng­land fans are due to travel to Rus­sia for the tour­na­ment.

“This (the 1,254) rep­re­sents 96% of the peo­ple cur­rently sub­ject to foot­ball ban­ning or­ders who hold a pass­port,” read the state­ment.

“Po­lice will con­tinue to root out the small num­ber of out­stand­ing pass­ports through­out the tour­na­ment.”

Po­lice will keep the pass­ports un­til the World Cup fi­nal on July 15 re­gard­less of whether Eng­land have al­ready been knocked out or not.

Nick Hurd, the Min­is­ter for Polic­ing and the Fire Ser­vice, ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion that the foot­ball fans in Rus­sia would not have their trip ru­ined by “thugs.”

“The World Cup is a fes­ti­val of foot­ball and is no place for vi­o­lence or dis­or­der,” said Hurd.

“The UK’s sys­tem of foot­ball ban­ning or­ders is unique and means that peo­ple in­tent on caus­ing trou­ble in Rus­sia will in­stead be stay­ing at home.

“I’m grate­ful to po­lice forces for tak­ing the nec­es­sary en­force­ment ac­tion to en­sure that these thugs won’t be able to ruin the tour­na­ment for real fans.”

Foot­ball-re­lated ar­rests have fallen to an all-time low since the in­tro­duc­tion of foot­ball ban­ning or­ders in 2000.

Foot­ball ban­ning or­ders are im­posed by courts and can last for up to 10 years. Breach­ing a ban­ning or­der is a crim­i­nal of­fence and can re­sult in a fine of up to £5,000 (RM27,000) and a six­month prison sen­tence.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.