FOOTBALL hooligans in Burton and South Derbyshire will be required to hand over their passports to police this week to bar them from travelling to the World Cup in Brazil.
Troublemakers who have been handed football banning orders must relinquish their passport every time England play abroad as police aim to track the movements of known hooligans to prevent trouble flaring up abroad.
Police in Staffordshire have written to 38 people, telling them they must surrender their passports ahead of the tournament which kicks off on Thursday, while there are 59 offenders in Derbyshire.
Chief Inspector Dave Bird, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We are determined that those who have been issued with banning orders for football-related offences adhere to the terms of those orders.
“Great strides have been made in keeping football matches safe for genuine fans and in preventing the hooligan element from following the national team abroad and giving the team and our country a bad name.
“Letters have been sent to everyone who has a football banning order informing them of their responsibilities in terms of passport surrender.
“Any that don’t comply will be arrested and put before the courts where they could face up to six months in jail.”
Those banned from travelling to cheer on the Three Lions will include 22-year-old Daniel Nolan, from Tutbury, who was banned from football stadiums in the UK for three years in 2012 when he ran onto the pitch to celebrate a goal scored by his team Derby County during a game against Doncaster Rovers.