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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2005, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Football hooligans shown red card
Nearly a dozen football fans in Milton Keynes have been banned from matches just one week into the new season.

The announcement follows an agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Crown Prosecution to operate a zero tolerance policy.

Football Banning Orders could stop offenders attending national and international matches for a set time.

Local Chief Crown Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said: "We are going to show football hooligans the red card."

"We know that the vast majority of fans in the Thames Valley have an excellent reputation both at home and away.

Passport removal

"We want to avoid a few troublemakers turning up to ruin both the enjoyment and reputation of law-abiding fans and making local residents' lives a misery," said Baljit Ubhey.

Offenders who receive orders also risk having their passports taken away when the local or national team they support play abroad.

In exceptional circumstances, cautions and fixed penalty notices could be issued to offenders, police have said.

So far, Thames Valley Police have issued banning orders to nine football fans in Milton Keynes.

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