12:57pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
By Chris Hewett
Londoners with a football banning order are being made to surrender their passports to police prior to this summer’s World Cup.
A total of 263 people across the capital are banned from attending professional matches and 190 of those are forbidden from travelling to Brazil for the FIFA tournament altogether.
But just fifty per cent of those required to surrender their passports have done so before today, which is the final deadline.
Anyone who has failed to comply with the order before 7pm faces a court appearance and six months in prison.
This year alone, 116 football banning orders have been issued by the courts for offences ranging from drunken behaviour, assault and violent disorder.
The Metropolitan Police says it will be stationing officers at Heathrow airport before the tournament starts on June 12 to “ensure the violent element in British football does not make it over to Brazil”.
Chief Superintendent Colin Morgan said: "The passport surrender is key in disrupting and preventing those people associated with football violence from travelling and ensuring that the real fans can enjoy the games.”
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