Banned fans were told to hand in their passports before the Euros

Birmingham Airport

Police said they would also carry out checks at Birmingham Airport (BBC)

Police have told more than 100 football supporters with football banning orders (FBOs) that they must produce their passports before Euro 2024 in Germany.

West Midlands Police said its specialist football unit had sent letters warning them to hand over the document or face arrest.

They must surrender their passports at one of six designated police stations during a 48-hour window running on Tuesday and Wednesday, the force said.

More than 1,600 fans with FBOs in England and Wales have been stopped from attending the tournament which runs from June 14 to July 14.

The stations are Birmingham Central, Bloxwich, Coventry, Stechford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton Central.

Inspector Rich Cox said the force would pursue anyone who failed to hand in their passport, but added that in previous years most people had complied.

Those who did not face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000, the force said.

Officers said they would be at Birmingham Airport before and during the competition “to look after those known to us”.

They would also have observers in Germany looking for those banned from traveling or anyone who might cause trouble.

The passports can be collected after the competition, officials said.

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