Over 1,200 fans with a history of football violence had their passports taken away before the tournament to stop them from engaging in violent act during the 2018 World Cup due to kick off tomorrow in Russia.
After the Euro 2016 clashes, the Home Office launched a major crackdown over worries about traveling Three Lions fans launching revenge attacks as the collaborate with police and had officials seize passports of 1,312 troublemakers with known hooliganism associations or football banning orders.
Most of them gave up their passports voluntarily when asked, but more than 50 either had them forcefully taken from them or did not own one.
Cops will continue to track down the remainder during the rest of the tournament, which finishes on July 15, according to the Home Office in Daily Star.
Police have also been stationed at UK ports to stop would-be thugs looking to ignore the rules from making their way into Russia by illegal means and to do so could result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder.
“The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.”
The news came as a slap in the face of would-be hard-knocks looking for a taste of revenge in Russia.