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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
World Cup ban orders take effect
German police simulation
German police have been staging simulated drills to tackle hooligans
More than 3,000 people subject to football banning orders are set to hand their passports into police.

The orders, taken out against known football hooligans, will also require them to attend their local police station every time England play.

They are among measures designed to cut down on trouble involving fans during the World Cup in Germany.

Supporters who are found guilty of offences at the tournament will face magistrates on their return home.

England's opening game in Group B is on 10 June against Paraguay.

Police co-ordination

Everyone with a football banning order has already received a letter ordering them to surrender their passports on Tuesday.

If they fail to do so they could face six months in prison and a 5,000 fine.

We'll be looking at the German procedure right from the police station to the court
CPS lawyer David Blundell

Bryan Drew, head of the UK Football Policing Unit, said the British authorities were doing all they could to co-ordinate their efforts with the German police.

"We've put a lot of effort into working with our German colleagues to say 'let's get this right'," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

He said the British police would seek to identify the risk supporters and do as much as they could with the powers available to stop them leaving the UK.

If any of them did cause trouble in Germany he promised to support the authorities there with prosecutions, and said those involved would face court on their return to the UK.

Court liaison

Four Crown Prosecution Service lawyers will also be in Germany and will liaise with the local courts if England supporters are charged with football-related offences.

One of those travelling out, West Midlands chief prosecutor David Blundell, said the aim was to ensure anyone convicted will be made the subject of banning orders as soon as they return.

"We'll be looking at the German procedure right from the police station to the court, getting the documentation, sending it back to this country ... in anticipation of people returning from the World Cup," he said.

He said he anticipates the orders already in place will prove effective as to date it is not thought anyone subject to one has managed to leave Britain.

Kevin Miles, of the Football Supporters' Federation, said the police have an important role in making sure any trouble does not get out of hand.

"It would be naive to think that out of the 100,000 or so England fans who are expected to go out there that there won't be one or two incidents that will take place," he said.

"What's crucial in determining whether that becomes a minor incident involving one or two individuals or whether it's allowed to escalate into something far more problematic is how the police deal with things."

The Home Office has said some 3,286 individuals are facing banning orders.


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