Hooligans banned from 2010

01/02/2010 at 17:28 12 comments


Various authorities in the Europe, including the British government and the Dutch government, are banning thousands of their nationals from traveling to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. While the Dutch government is banning 1200 Dutch notorious hooligans from going to South Africa, the British government is denying 3200 known British troublemakers from doing the same.

In Britain, measures will be passed through the House of Commons in the next few weeks to limit the number of troublemakers following their national team. “Football banning orders have proved highly effective in preventing known risk fans from travelling overseas to football matches,” a spokesman for the Home Office said.

“There has been no significant violence at any England match or tournament played overseas since 2000 (pictured, fight between English and German fans in Charleroi during European Championships) when the current football disorder strategy was introduced along with very tough banning order legislation. The behaviour of English fans has improved dramatically in recent years and there is nothing to suggest that that people will travel with the intention of causing problems.

“However, there is no complacency. Police will monitor all England fans on departure and intercept any known to pose a risk of violence or disorder, and we are working closely with South African authorities to help minimise any safety and security risks associated with hosting a major football tournament.”

In the meantime the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB, has drawn up a black list of known and notorious Dutch hooligans. So far 1200 individuals are banned from traveling to South Africa for the world’s football largest event. This list will be handed over to FIFA.

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