Police issue warning to hooligans

POLICE in Essex are preparing to crack down on any hooligans planning to attend England's crucial qualifier against Turkey next week.And they are determined that nobody intent on causing disorder and posing as supporters will leave the country via Essex ports or Stansted Airport.

POLICE in Essex are preparing to crack down on any hooligans planning to attend England's crucial qualifier against Turkey next week.

And they are determined that nobody intent on causing disorder and posing as supporters will leave the country via Essex ports or Stansted Airport.

The message to all English football supporters planning to travel to Turkey for the European Championship qualifiers next week is 'don't go'.

If there is any trouble from either fans or players, England risks being kicked out of the championship.


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The Football Association does not want anyone to travel to Turkey on October 11 - no tickets will be sold to English supporters and authorities are planning to allow only Turkish ID cardholders into the game.

They warn that anyone who is on a banning order under the Football Disorder Act 2000 will be stopped and arrested.

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There is a history of trouble between supporters of teams from both countries and two Leeds followers were stabbed to death during riots in Istanbul before the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi final in April 2000.

Five days prior to the match, police officers will be questioning and taking photographs of travellers to Turkey who they suspect may try to attend the match. Intelligence will be forwarded to officials in Turkey.

Inspector Rob Norcup, Stansted Airport division, said: "The advice is that no football supporters should travel to this match.

"We will be using all powers available to us to ensure that people with a record of football-related trouble do not travel to the match via Stansted Airport, whether they come from Essex or elsewhere in the country."

Chief Insp Tim Stokes added: "Football hooligans should not even contemplate trying to fly to Turkey for the match, they will end up out of pocket and probably won't even get to see the match on television.

"We will deal with troublemakers and ensure Stansted Airport is not used as a gateway to Europe where they can cause disorder."

Anyone subject to a banning order under the Act has to surrender his or her passport to police five days prior to a match abroad and report to a nominated police station on the match day.

Currently there are 16 banning orders for men from Essex who have previously been involved in football related violence.

Police will be liaising closely with other forces and the National Criminal Intelligence Service to monitor the other 1,800 people in England and Wales who are also subject to banning orders, to ensure they do not travel via Stansted Airport.

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