Football hooligans convicted of using cocaine at matches could be banned from enjoying the game for five years, the Policing minister Kit Malthouse has announced.
Thugs caught supplying or in possession of Class A drugs could also be forced to surrender their passports – stopping them from travelling overseas to watch their teams – under new rules to curb violence and disruption.
Mr Malthouse is set to confirm the new rules at the National Drugs Summit in London later tomorrow.
This move has been backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and follows concerns that substance misuse is fuelling a rise in violence and disorder at matches.
It is hoped the new measures will prevent disorder like that seen at the Euro Final between England and Italy last July and allow football to be enjoyed by families across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Middle class coke heads should stop kidding themselves, their habit is feeding a war on our streets driving misery and crime across our country and beyond.
“That’s why we are stepping up our efforts to make sure those who break the law face the full consequences – because taking illegal drugs is never a victimless crime.”
Police, Crime and Probation Minister Kit Malthouse said: “More and more the police are finding class A drugs at the heart of that disorder and so we must act. The football family wants every ground to be a safe space for fans, especially children, and so do we.
“Football banning orders have been a game changer in rooting out racism and violence at football, and now we want them to do the same for drug related disorder.”
The changes will be rolled out through extending Football Banning Orders and are expected to be introduced during the 2022/2023 football season.
Football Banning Orders are imposed by a court and must be made with the clear intention of preventing the individual’s involvement in violence, disorder or harm.