English police have started their preparations for the Euro 2012 Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine with banning the most irresponsible fans.

Senior officers from Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary have written to fans who will have football banning orders during the competition to remind them of their obligations, British newspaper News Guardian informs.

And these supporters have been warned that they will be given the red card if they try to flout their ban, and will be required to surrender their passports and report to their designated police stations ahead of the tournament.

Their passports will remain in police possession until the competition ends on Sunday, July 1, and anyone who fails to comply will be arrested and prosecuted for breaching their banning orders.
Northumbria Police currently has 107 people – 38 Sunderland fans and 69 Newcastle fans – who this may affect, and Durham Constabulary has a further 12 orders of its own.

During 2011 Northumbria Police made 39 arrests for breaching a football banning order, and Durham made two.

Football banning orders can range from three to ten years and are issued to prevent violence or disorder at football matches.

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