Police issue football banning order reminders ahead of World Cup in Russia

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 May 2018

The England team training at a media day at St George's Park. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The England team training at a media day at St George's Park. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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The 60 people with football banning orders in Avon and Somerset will have to hand in their passports next week ahead of the World Cup.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has sent letters to everyone in the force area who is banned from travelling overseas when England is playing abroad.

Anyone with a football banning order (FBO) who has failed to return their passports by June 5 could be arrested unless they have an exemption.

FBOs can be given to anyone involved in antisocial behaviour while watching a match in public, such as at a pub and can be in place for up to 10 years.

Chief Inspector John Holt said: “Throughout the football competition we will be providing high profile reassurance patrols to ensure any potential problems are dealt with robustly.

“This includes antisocial behaviour and violence, domestic abuse and drink driving, which can be linked to the football tournament.”

England’s first game is a warm-up match against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2.

A police spokesman said: “Throughout the football competition we will be providing high profile reassurance patrols to ensure any potential problems are dealt with robustly.

“This includes antisocial behaviour and violence, domestic abuse and drink driving, which can be linked to the football tournament. Offenders will be arrested and we will seek football banning orders from the courts.

“Victims of domestic abuse are urged to come forward and report incidents so that they can be provided with advice and support.

“Those who decide to watch World Cup matches in pubs and clubs need to ensure they are able to get home safely – and not behind the wheel of a vehicle if they have been drinking. A conviction for drink driving might result in the driver not only losing their licence but possibly their job as well.”

The World Cup will start on June 14.

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