Drug-related offenses in football could mean a five-year ban

England were ordered to play a game behind closed doors as punishment for the riots at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final.
England were ordered to play a game behind closed doors as punishment for the riots at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final.

Anyone caught in possession or supply of class A drugs in connection with football faces a five-year ban and will have their passport taken away.

The new rules announced by the UK government will be introduced during the 2022-23 season.

“Middle-class cocaine addicts should stop kidding themselves,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Your habit is fueling a war on our streets that breeds misery and crime across our country and beyond.”

There were more than 800 football-related arrests in the top five English leagues in the first six months of this season, along with over 750 reported incidents of disorder.

a report on Violence in the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy last year also found “ticketless, drunk and drugged thugs” who may have caused death when they stormed Wembley.

The government said the new rules, which have been endorsed by the National Police Chiefs Council, were being introduced “in a bid to prevent these hooligans from causing violence and disturbance”.

They will mean those convicted of drug offenses may have to surrender their passports when their team plays abroad.

“It’s been an exciting football season, but in some games we’ve seen ugly violence that has shocked every league,” Police, Crime and Probation Minister Kit Malthouse said.

“Increasingly, the police find class A drugs at the heart of that disorder, so we must act. The football family wants every field to be a safe space for fans, especially children, and so do we.” .

“Football ban orders have been a game changer in eradicating racism and violence in football, and now we want them to do the same for drug-related disorders.”

The government said the announced changes will be implemented through the extension of football banning orders, which are imposed by a court following a football-related offense and are designed to stop violence and disorder in football clubs. games.

Currently, they can be imposed on people convicted of racist or homophobic violence, disorder, and chanting, and were recently expanded to cover hate crimes online.

“I am pleased that the government has updated the football ban order legislation to counter the growing disorder problems we have seen, partly fueled by the use of class A drugs,” said NPCC football leader , Mark Roberts.

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