Almost 80 football hooligans have been ordered to hand over their passports during the Euro 2016 tournament, it emerged today.
Lancashire Police said 78 people across the county had been made to surrender their passports to prevent them travelling to any games.
Officers have spoken to 104 known troublemakers in the county who are currently subject to football banning orders. It is understood a nationwide ports operation is in place to stop anyone evading the ban and sneaking on to ferries or planes for the tournament, which started in Paris last night.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “ As part of the nationwide ports operation, officers across Lancashire have spoken to other individuals known to have previously been involved in football related violence or disorder and have been advised about the operation which may see them being prevented from travelling to France in a bid to prevent any disorder.”
It coincides with the force’s ‘Ugly Consequences of the Beautiful Game’ campaign, which aims to prevent an increase in domestic violence, alcohol related violence and road offences during the sporting event.
Additional officers will be on patrol around the county to help ensure match days pass off peacefully.
On Thursday night, one England fans was arrested alongside a local man after police used tear gas during a clash in Marseille. Police said one was arrested for assaulting a barman and the other for violent disorder.