Banned South Yorkshire football fans must hand in passports before Ireland friendly

Aviva Stadium, Dublin where England will play Ireland
Aviva Stadium, Dublin where England will play Ireland

Banned South Yorkshire football supporters will be forced to report to a local police station when England play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

South Yorkshire Police have said that 118 fans will have to surrender passports so they cannot travel to the game.

The force has said that this includes 15 banned fans from Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday 33, Sheffield United 31, Doncaster Rovers 21 and Rotherham United 18.

The banned fans, who had orders imposed on them after previously being involved in disorder, also have to report to a police station on match-day between 10am and kick-off at 1pm.

Football Intelligence Officer PC Paul Barclay said: “Football Banning Orders are a vital tool in reducing crime and disorder around fixtures by allowing us prevent those previously involved in causing disorder from attending matches.”

Banning orders are issued by the courts following a conviction for a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

For an order to be issued, it must be proved that the accused person has caused or contributed to football-related violence or disorder and that an order will prevent them from misbehaving further.

Orders can last between three and 10 years and can be customised to address individual behaviour patterns. Breach of an order is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in prison.