Britons not able to travel to Russia
The UK Home office banned more than 1,200 fans from attending the World Cup in Russia. The Britons with a history of football-related violence or disorder were forced to surrender their passports to the police.
The latest figures released a day before the opening match of the 2018 World Cup tournament and five days before England’s first match against Tunisia, show that police forces in England and Wales have accounted for 1,254 passports.
Police are to attempt to locate the remaining passport-holders during the tournament and will hold on to confiscated documents until the final on 15 July.
Mark Roberts, a deputy chief constable and the national lead for football policing, said: “Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding.
“The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament.”
The ban was done in an attempt to give other fans a better chance of simply enjoying the football and nothing else. There has been a history of hooliganism in the past, let’s hope this year will be different.