Banned football fans have until Tuesday to hand in passports ahead of Euros

FOOTBALL fans who have banning orders in place to prevent them attending England matches abroad have until Tuesday to hand in their passports – or face arrest.

A total of 70 people in the Avon & Somerset Police force area are subject to orders which require them to hand in their documents ahead of England games.

The Uefa Euro 2024 tournament gets underway later this month, with England’s first game taking place on June 16, when they face Serbia in Germany.

As a result, people with Football Banning Orders have until Tuesday, June 4 to hand in their passports.

“Anyone who fails to surrender their passport by the deadline could be arrested, unless they have applied for an exemption,” a police spokesperson said.

Football Banning Orders can be issued any type of football-related disorder and does not just apply to incidents at matches.

The bans can include anyone watching matches at public events, such as at a pub, and can bar them from attending both club and international games for up to 10 years.

“High-visibility patrols will be conducted throughout the duration of the tournament to engage with fans and maintain public safety,” the spokesperson added.

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