Banned fans told to hand in pass­ports

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than 130 foot­ball fans in Lon­don who have a ban­ning or­der pre­vent­ing them from trav­el­ling to Rus­sia dur­ing the World Cup have been or­dered to sur­ren­der their pass­ports.

Met Police is re­mind­ing Lon­don­ers sub­ject to a foot­ball ban­ning or­der to hand in their pass­ports at a police sta­tion ahead of the start of the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball tour­na­ment, on June 14.

Of­fi­cers from the force’s foot­ball unit have been sta­tioned at a num­ber of police sta­tions across the cap­i­tal to col­lect the doc­u­ments.

Of­fi­cers will also be de­ployed at Heathrow Air­port to mon­i­tor sup­port­ers trav­el­ling to Rus­sia for the World Cup.

Foot­ball fans who police be­lieve will “pro­voke or con­trib­ute to vi­o­lence abroad will be pre­vented from trav­el­ling” un­der Sec­tion 21b of the Foot­ball Spec­ta­tors Act 1989.

Sergeant Dave Hine, of the Met’s Foot­ball Unit, said: “We want to en­sure that no fan who is sub­ject to a foot­ball ban­ning or­der is able to travel through Heathrow air­port to the World Cup to watch Eng­land.

“Any­one with a ban­ning or­der who fails to hand their pass­port in dur­ing the next cou­ple days will have a police of­fi­cer knock­ing on their door.”

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