Crack­down on Eng­land hooli­gans

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PO­LICE are tight­en­ing con­trols on foot­ball thugs ahead of Eng­land’s match in Ire­land next month af­ter a “de­te­ri­o­ra­tion” in the be­hav­iour of some fans fol­low­ing Roy Hodg­son’s team.

In ad­di­tion to hand­ing over their pass­ports, in­di­vid­u­als who are sub­ject to ban­ning or­ders will have to at­tend a po­lice sta­tion on match day – the first time this mea­sure has been used for four years.

Ef­forts to make sure trou­ble­mak­ers are kept away from the match in Dublin on June 7 are be­ing stepped up af­ter a spike in dis­rup­tive con­duct was ob­served at Eng­land’s last four away matches.

A spokesman from the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil Lead on Foot­ball Polic­ing said: “We will be run­ning a na­tional op­er­a­tion to round up those who fail to com­ply be­fore and im­me­di­ately af­ter the fix­ture.”

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