Over 1,200 'thugs' stopped from going to World Cup

More than 1,200 people banned from attending football matches have surrendered their passports ahead of the World Cup, the Home Office says. Of 1,312 individuals with football banning orders, 1,254 have given up their documents before the tournament in Russia, which starts on 14 June. Police say they will continue working to trace the remaining 58. Police minister Nick Hurd said the action would ensure "thugs" would not "ruin the tournament for real fans". About 10,000 people from the UK are expected to travel to Russia for the World Cup.

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