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Plan to beat Euro thugs.

UP TO 2,500 potential British trouble makers will be subject to travel bans in a bid to keep them away from this year's European football championships in Portugal.

Home Office minister Hazel Blears, who is visiting Portugal to inspect security arrangements ahead of this summer's tournament - in which the England team will play - said police forces had been given significant funds to target hooligans.

She said: "We already have just over 2,000 (banning orders). If you think back to the last Euro tournament, we only had 105, I think, so we have been working hard to get these banning orders."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 17, 2004
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