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UK blocks over 1,200 football hooligans

London, June 13: British law enforcement authorities have blocked over 1,200 local football hooligans from entering Russia for the duration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday night in Moscow, the UK Home Office said on Wednesday. “More than 1,200 troublemakers with a history of football-related disorder have been blocked from going to the World Cup after a joint operation by police and the Home Office,” the statement said, reports Tass news agency.

“The Football Banning Orders Authority (FBOA) — part of the Home Office — ordered 1,312 banned individuals who hold a passport to surrender it to police on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June,” according to the statement. (IANS)

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