More than 1000 football “thugs” have been barred from attending this year’s World Cup in Russia.
The British fans, who hold football banning orders, have been forced to hand over their passports to prevent travel to the competition opening in Moscow this Thursday.
According to the British Home Office, 1,254 have given up their documents before the tournament kickoff.
Police minister Nick Hurd said the measure ensures “thugs” would not “ruin the tournament for real fans”.
English and Russian football fans share a recent history of violence surrounding the sport.
Groups from both countries violently clashed in the streets of Marseille, France before an opening group match of the Euro 2016. The game was marred by the pre and post-match clashes in which some fans were seriously injured. Six people were arrested in the wake of the 1-1 result.
Football banning orders are civil restrictions which aim to stop known hooligans causing trouble at and around football matches, both in the UK and abroad.
Police report that they will continue working to trace the remaining 58 people with football banning orders who have failed to hand over their travel documents.
International visitors at this year’s World Cup will not be subject to normal entry and exit procedures into Russia for the competition.
A special permit gained with Cup tickets, known as Fan ID, acts as a multi-entry and exit visa which allows tourists to visit between June 4 until July 15, according to official advice from the UK government. All tourists on a Fan ID must leave Russia by July 25.
The first match of the World Cup will take place at Luzhniki Stadium between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Games are set to be held in the Russian cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg.
The competition marks Russia’s first-ever FIFA World Cup, with Moscow scheduled to host a total of 12 matches.