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BIRMINGHAM - Five convicted English football hooligans have been arrested in early morning raids in a crackdown ahead of the World Cup.
Police say the men, aged between 20 and 44, were detained at their homes in central England. They are accused of violating banning orders by not handing in their passports.
West Midlands police official Dave Mapp said yesterday more arrests would be made soon.
The maximum sentence for failing to comply with the ban is six months in jail or a $7 250 (R56180) fine.
Courts in England and Wales can impose banning orders on anyone convicted of a football-related offence. Those with banning orders cannot attend any match in England or Wales and must surrender their passports to police when England plays away from home. - Sapa-AP