FIFA World Cup 2022: Over 1,300 Fans Banned by UK Home Office


Last Updated: October 11, 2022, 07:31 IST

Fans with with a history of football-related violence will be prevented from traveling to Qatar. (Reuters Photo)

The Home Office warned that fans flouting the rules could face six months in prison and an unlimited fine

More than 1,300 fans from England and Wales with banning orders will not be allowed to travel to Qatar for this year’s World Cup, the UK’s Home Office has said.

The new measures, which come into effect from Friday, prevent supporters with a history of soccer-related violence from making the trip to the sport’s showpiece event, which kicks off on Nov. 20 and runs till December 18.

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“We will not let the behaviour of a minority of lawbreakers tarnish what will be an exciting tournament,” said Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

Last season witnessed a sharp rise in pitch invasions and crowd trouble across English soccer, with the Premier League introducing enhanced safety measures to control misbehaviour ahead of the new campaign.

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The Home Office warned that fans flouting the rules could face six months in prison and an unlimited fine.

Any person who has “previously caused trouble and is deemed likely to do so again” will also be banned from travelling.

“Violence, abuse and disorder is not tolerated here, and this criminal behaviour will not be tolerated at the World Cup which is why we are taking this firm approach,” added Braverman.

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