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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 “hooligans” 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.Football banning orders are imposed by courts and can last for up to 10 years.
There are currently 327 banned individuals who do not hold passports and they are not required to report to police.
Two years ago 1,406 people were ordered to surrender their passports prior to Euro 2016 in France, while 1,456 were asked to give them up before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the national lead for football policing, said: “A comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding.”. Supporters are being encouraged to be “good guests”, read up on the host cities and carry £200 in roubles at all times to cover emergency expenses.
We all have heard about Old Firm derby, and it is without a doubt one of the most interesting matches outside the field.What makes this derby interesting is definitely the religious difference and nationalistic views, so they are different basically in almost everything like religion , national identity and social ideology.Another primary contributor to the intensity of the rivalry in the west of Scotland was that Rangers supporters are historically native Scots and Ulster Scots, and Celtic supporters are historically Irish-Scots.Rangers’ traditional support was largely from the Protestant community, and for decades the club had an unwritten rule whereby they would not knowingly sign a player of the Catholic faith.Celtic’s support was largely from those of Irish Roman Catholic backgrounds and while the club practiced no exclusion of Protestants and signed many of them to play for the team, there was a pro-Catholic mindset among some of the employees.One effect is that Scottish flags are rarer than might be expected amongst both sets of supporters; Celtic fans are more likely to wave the Irish tricolour while Rangers fans tend to wave the Union Flag.When it comes to the rivalry there is no need only for the fans to talk about it but even players who have played in the Milan derby or El classico or many other important matches say that the Old Firm derby was the most special one.
In the city of Glasgow maybe Celtics have a slight lead ahead of Rangers but attendances have been a stronger point for Rangers.
We already know that russian scene is focused mainly in Moscow and one good group from St.Petersburg, so basically that’s it.Moscow has 5 teams Spartak,CSKA,Dynamo,Lokomotiv and Torpedo.Without a doubt Spartak and CSKA are the big 2 but Lokomotiv is not far behind.There is no denial that at the moment Spartak is the biggest team in Moscow including normal fans and ultras then in the second place is CSKA and after CSKA it’s Lokomotiv, after that it’s Dynamo and then in the last place Torpedo.
The most important match is between Spartak and CSKA but matches against Lokomotiv are also interesting, and it’s important to mention that Dynamo and CSKA have some kind of friendship so there is no rivalry between these two teams.
When it comes to percentage we cannot say for sure but it’s something like this:
Hundreds of suspected and convicted football hooligans, who are subject to banning orders, have been called to surrender their passports to the police or face arrest.
An estimated 1,900 football fans are banned from attending this year’s World Cup in Russia, which is due to kick off on June 14. Up to 132 of them are on Scotland Yard’s watch list.
Sergeant Dave Hine of the Met’s Football Unit said: “We want to ensure that no fan who is subject to a football banning order is able to travel through Heathrow Airport to the World Cup to watch England.
“Anyone with a banning order who fails to hand their passport in during the next couple of days will have a police officer knocking on their door.”
A banning order can last up to three years and can be issued by courts after someone is convicted of football-related offences. They are issued in an attempt to prevent violence and disorder at matches both at home and abroad.
In the capital, Met police officers from the Football Unit have been stationed around London on Monday and Tuesday to collect the documents.
Elsewhere in the UK, West Midlands police has called on 214 affected people in the area to follow suit, the BBC reports.
A total of 23 people are subject to a banning order in Cheshire and are being urged by Superintendent Richard Rees, overseeing the police unit in the country, to hand their passports in or risk prosecution.Despite the significant drop off in violent incidents in recent years, the threat of hooliganism among English fans is ever present. English and Russian fans made the headlines two years ago when violent clashes erupted during a Euro 2016 match in Marseille, France. Supporters from both teams were arrested by French police, while the UEFA also threatened to disqualify the parties if such fighting reoccurred.
More recently, English football fans’ behavior in Amsterdam was branded “appalling” by the National Police Chiefs’ Council [NPCC] after they got involved in clashes with Dutch police in March. 25 people were detained after they threw glass bottles at officers during clashes before a friendly match with the Netherlands. Another 90 were handcuffed after clashes that followed the game.
According to the latest statistics, however, which date to August 7, 2017, there has been a steady decrease in the number of banning orders issued on English hooligans in the past six seasons since November 2011, falling 39 percent from 3,174.
Inter-Milan’s director of stewards, Massimo Mannelli, and the historic leader of AC Milan’s ultra fans CURVA SUD MILANO, Luca Lucci, were both arrested on Monday for drug trafficking, officials say.
According to investigators, Luca Lucci, 37, who already has a record for sporting crime, allegedly received the drugs from some Albanians inside the headquarters of the ‘Al Clan’ in Sesto San Giovanni, on via Sacco and Vanzetti, and then redistributed them around the city. He is now serving a DASPO (Divieto di Accedere alle manifestazioni SPOrtive) ground attendance ban.
During the inquiry, 140 phone numbers were intercepted and 600 pounds of marijuana, hashish and cocaine were seized.
The agents of the investigative team in Milan, directed by Ivo Morelli, carried out a precautionary custody order against 22 people: 15 were arrested, of whom two are already detained, four are abroad and three others are currently being sought out.
Mannelli and Lucci were amongst those arrested by the Milanese State police.
These arrests come as the culmination of an operation that started more than two years ago in March 2016, after the arrest of Davide Palizza. Police caught him with a pound of marijuana and carrying several mobile phones, from which they discovered a network of contacts.
The Curva Sud ultra chief, Luca Lucci, has several precedents for sporting crime, including a fight in which an Inter fan, Virgilio “Virgi” Motta, lost an eye on Feb 15, 2009 at the Meazza stadium. He then committed suicide three years later.
We know how much British people love football and there is no need to discuss about that.
When it comes to London we know that there are many teams and we can easily say that most of Londoners are not glory hunters.
Some teams command great swathes of territory, for example West Ham United FC. This Premier League club dominates the east of London, in particular the boroughs of Havering [Ha], Barking and Dagenham [BD], Redbridge [Rb], Newham [Nh] and Tower Hamlets [TH].
Barking and Dagenham, West Ham heartland, contains an enclave where loyalty is shared with Dagenham and Redbridge FC, recently promoted from Football League Two to One. However, the Daggers are – literally – not in West Ham’s league; loyalties for both teams therefore probably are complementary rather than conflictual.
Other fanlands are more compact than West Ham’s, like that of Fulham FC. From Craven Cottage, its grounds on the banks of the Thames, this club commands an undisputed, but relatively small territory in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham [HF] (north of the river), most of Wandsworth [Ww] and part of Richmond upon Thames [RT] (both south of the river).
Nearby rival Chelsea, based at Stamford Bridge (also in Hammersmith and Fulham rather than the neighbouring borough of Kensington and Chelsea [KC]), is master of a much more fragmented, but also much larger domain, extending from its core in Kensington and Chelsea all the way north to the northeastern corner of Barnet [Ba], taking in most of Brent [Br], south to Kingston upon Thames [KT], west to Lambeth [La] (a grey zone shared with Millwall) and east to Hillingdon [Hi], an area disputed with Queens Park Rangers that extends back into Ealing [Ea], the western part of which is QPR-only territory.
Arsenal is big in its home borough of Islington [Is], and in Camden [Ca] and Barnet. It commands a similar archipelago of loyalty throughout London (4), but has to share north London with Tottenham Hotspur, which rules over most of Enfield [En], Haringey [Hr] and Hackney [Hc]. Loyalty to the Spurs seems to be confined to that area, however, except for two small patches in Westminster [W].
The whole of London thus constitutes a wildly patterned patchwork of fanlands, the demarcation and location of which will probably be hotly debatable to any local football fans. The white patches in between the coloured bits possibly are football-free zones, self-selected sanctuaries for dissenters from England’s secular religion of footie. Or they just might be the parks of London.
Many thanks to Paul Maidment for sending in this map, found here on qprdot.org, a messageboard for Queens Park Rangers fans.
Sofia is known for their eternal derby between Levski and Sofia, but the thing is that these 2 are not the only teams in Sofia, there are Lokomotiv Sofia and Slavia Sofia and each of them has organized support.Without a doubt Levski and CSKA Sofia are the biggest teams in Sofia after them in the third place is Lokomotiv Sofia with a slight lead ahead of Slavia Sofia.Teams from Sofia have been crowned national champions on 70 occasions in the 90 seasons between 1924 and 2018. As of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, there are four teams from Sofia which have been constant participants in the top national division.During the years, as the two teams (Levski and CSKA Sofia) became more and more successful, they gained large supporter bases. The confrontations between the clubs and their fans became commonplace and often resulted in tense encounters on the pitch and hooligan clashes between the fans off the pitch.
The hostility reached its climax on 19 June 1985 during the Bulgarian Cup final held at Vasil Levski National Stadium when, after many disputable referee decisions, both teams demonstrated poor sportsmanship which resulted in regular fights between them on the pitch.After this incident they were both forced to disband,so their only way was to change their names, so after that CSKA Sofia had to be refunded as Sredets and Levski-Spartak as Vitosha.Six players (including Hristo Stoichkov and Borislav Mikhailov) were banned for life from playing competitive football; many other players and staff members were banned for three months to one year. A year later, the decision was abolished and the players continued their sport careers.
Now when it comes to the city, most likely Levski leads slightly ahead of CSKA Sofia and probably in the whole country too.Levski and CSKA Sofia are not supported only in Sofia but they have regular fans outside of their city and organized ultras.
Here’s the map:Red: Sector “G” (CSKA) Blue: Sector “B” (Levski) White: Boys Sofia (Slavia)red-black: Iron Brigades (Lokomotiv)
He was born in family of four, they were not too religious, but he used to go to some trips organized by church when he was young, but only so he can be without parents supervision, get drunk in Rome and so..
He considers himself as addicting personality, during school he was fascinated with computers, then skate, then punk, then he started visiting games. “I was fascinated with unity of group, alcohol, adrenaline during fights etc.”.
“Soon i was on every game, home, away, it wasn’t a problem to travel thousands of kilometers to watch a friendly match of Dinamo, even for some other clubs. I started to work inside the organization, I was mostly interested in choreography, banners, flags, but i wasn’t running away from fights”.
He was surprised when he became president of fan club BBB, there were more fanatics then him at the time, but he was only with clear police record, that’s why he was chosen.
“I started organize chanting, trips, having meetings with club, police. Phone was always ringing, with all that experience i could probably lead a corporation now. I left my heart and soul in the group”.
“Towards the end i started to get addicted to drugs, alcohol, i had enough money to go out, travel, for girls, on street you just learn how to make money, i never took a penny from club. I considered other people’s life very boring”
After a fight with Torcida he got 2 years ban from the stadium, he had to be in the police station during every game, they came inside his apartment few times, he was arrested also during some other incidents although he was not involved, police beat him up with no reason. At that time separation and fights inside group started, boycott started, and he never, returned to the stadium again.
“I was active also while i was banned, until my last game of national team Croatia – Georgia. I went there and got drunk with locals (Torcida), and at the same time BBB had a fight with Torcida, part of group took that against me, I was never back on stand again”.
“I also ended my relationship, I sunk into depression, had some debts, I lost everything I loved. I decided to go work in other city on coastline – Pula for a fresh start. I still had contacts with part of group, part of group forgot i even existed.”.
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