MORE than 3,200 English football hooligans will be banned this week from going to the World Cup in South Africa.
New powers to stop the army of thugs from leaving the country during the atournament will be passed in the Commons.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson will then impose a “control period”.
The hooligans will be ordered to report to their local police station before the World Cup starts on June 11 and surrender their passports.
They will not be allowed to travel overseas until the tournament has finished a month later.
Any yobs who fail to report will face prosecution.
British police officers will be travelling to South Africa to identify troublemakers who have slipped through the net.
The moves are the first steps in a massive operation to stop hooligans tarnishing the first World Cup in Africa.
Concern about violence at matches has grown in recent months following high_profile clashes, including street battles before and after last August’s Carling Cup game between West Ham and Millwall.
Mark Steels, spokesman for the National Criminal Intelligence Service, fears thugs are becoming more difficult to detect.
He said: “There’s been an increase in the amount of violence used in the last couple of years.
They’ve become much more sophisticated like organised crime groups.”
About 3,000 thugs were stopped from travelling to the last World Cup in Germany.
And about 2,200 were banned from Euro 2004 in Portugal.