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Football hooliganism figures

Figures detailing offences committed by hooligans involved in football-related crime during the 2011/12 season are released.

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How football banning orders work

Football banning orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad.

The Home Office says that of the millions of fans who annually attend football games, only a very small minority actually cause problems.

It says that those that do cause problems are a threat to public safety and to the UK's reputation overseas, so it says it is committed to stopping this behaviour.

Banning orders are issued by the courts following a conviction of a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

For more information visit the Home Office website.

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