SCORES of convicted football hooligans have handed over their passports as police prevent them heading to Brazil for the World Cup, which starts today.
Every person subject to a banning order in the Northumbria Police area - 167 in total - has surrendered their passport.
A total of 124 Newcastle fans and 43 from Sunderland will have to report to their local police station during every England game.
Football banning orders range from three to 10 years.
They can be issued to people who are convicted of a relevant football-related offence or who persistently engage in violence and disorder at matches.
The action also comes as part of the Northumbria campaign Kick Off, tackling domestic violence over the duration of the World Cup.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer said: “It’s satisfying to know that every person subject to a football banning order has surrendered their passport for the duration of the World Cup, therefore preventing them from travelling to Brazil for the tournament.
“They will also be required to report to their designated police station on the day of any England fixture.
“As all have obliged by handing in their passports, I’m hopeful they will do the same for this.
“We will strictly enforce any breach of football banning orders. Anyone who fails to adhere to their conditions faces being arrested.”