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Red cards for Euro 2012 troublemakers

West Midlands Police say anyone causing trouble whilst watching Euro 2012 games risk being arrested and banned from town or city centres on match days.

Police can move on people they believe to be drunk and an anti-social behaviour risk…and stop them returning to the area for up to 48 hours.

Anyone arrested could be handed bail conditions making venues screening matches no-go zones for the whole of June.

In Wolverhampton, officers working with pub landlords will be handing out 'yellow and red cards' to anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

West Midlands Police's specialist Football Unit have people in Poland and Ukraine to help support the policing operation around England supporters.

Others will be based at Birmingham Airport during June on the look-out for potential troublemakers trying to make their way to the tournament.

"Recent overseas tournaments have shown that the vast majority of fans are well behaved and passionate about supporting their team.

"And most people cheering the team on from home want to enjoy the matches and celebrate the event – but anyone jeopardising that through poor behaviour will be dealt with appropriately.

"That could involve them being subject to bail conditions stopping them from watching matches in venues screening the games or from entire town centres.

"Our licensing teams work closely with pubs and clubs and, through the Pubwatch scheme, anyone barred from one pub risks exclusion from all others participating in the initiative.

"People may think that banning orders are only given to people who misbehave in football stadiums – but a football-related offence includes fighting in a pub or committing criminal damage whilst watching a game in a pub."

– Howard Lewis-Jones, Football Unit Inspector

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