Banned football fans hand in passports ahead of World Cup

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 June 2018

The World Cup begins on Thursday.

The World Cup begins on Thursday.

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More than 50 football fans with banning orders have surrendered their passports ahead of the World Cup.

Fans with a football banning order are not allowed to travel to overseas England matches or to go abroad, unless given an exemption.

There are 60 people with banning orders in Avon and Somerset.

Chief inspector John Holt said: “Of those required to hand in their passports, everyone apart from four people have surrendered them by 9am Wednesday and we are trying to contact them.

“They can of course still surrender their passport late and avoid a knock at the door or an awkward visit from us to their work places or their families.”

Police are also warning anyone involved in football-related antisocial behaviour during the World Cup could receive a banning order.

Anyone who does not hand in their passport can be arrested and put before the courts.

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