If you wish to get your passport in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, you’d better hurry – unless of course you happen to be one of the 300 soccer thugs who will be unable to leave the country during the summer competition. According to an article in the Sunday Sun, over 300 known soccer hooligans have been banned from leaving the country.
In fact, the known thugs have been given orders to surrender their passports to prevent them from leaving England at all for the duration of the World Cup tournament. These fans have been identified by police as people with a history of soccer violence, and are to be banned in accordance with the Football Banning Orders (FBOs) during the World Cup, which starts on June 11.
While the soccer matches are being played, not only won’t these thugs be able to travel to South Africa, but they won’t even be allowed to watch the matches on TV at home or at the local pub. Instead these troublemakers will be forced to report to their local police stations.
FBOs are actually court orders that have been issued to people found guilty of football-related violence.
During international tournaments, the FBO’s become stiffer and these rowdy fans must surrender their passports.
According to the law “Anyone who is subject to a banning order on June 1, 2010, will be obliged to surrender their passport for the duration of the World Cup, preventing them from travelling to South Africa for the tournament. They will also be required to report to their designated police station on the day of any England fixture.”
As long as you are not a soccer hooligan and you need to get a passport or get a passport card, feel free to call Rush Passport™ 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at Tri-State Area 212- 643-9305, Toll Free: 1-877-937-7277 or Nationwide: 1-877-937-8472.