Crackdown on Euro hooligans’ violence

first_imgThe Home Office has announced strict new measures in an attempt to curb the violence of England supporters in Euro 2004. A record number of suspected hooligans will be banned from travelling to Portugal; nearly 2,700 people will be subject to banning orders of bail conditions. For Euro 2000, there were only 100 such banning orders in place. Police officers will be at ports and airports and Portuguese authorities will be carrying out passports checks and vehicle searches. Home Office minister Caroline Flint said, “Everyone involved wants it to be a genuine festival of football and we are determined not to let a thuggish minority ruin the tournament for genuine supporters.” More than 5,000 England supporters are expected to travel to Portugal for the games. The Tournament kicks off on 12 June and England’s first game, against France, is the following day.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more