Police promise red card to World Cup hooligans

PUBLISHED: 12:50 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 May 2010

Sven impersonator Derek Williams with Chief Constable Frank Whiteley

Sven impersonator Derek Williams with Chief Constable Frank Whiteley

ENGLAND manager Sven Goran Eriksson joined the launch of Herts police World Cup safety campaign - and showed violence the red card. Sven impersonator Derek Williams teamed up with Chief Constable Frank Whiteley to launch a range of posters that will remin

ENGLAND manager Sven Goran Eriksson joined the launch of Herts police World Cup safety campaign - and showed violence the red card.

Sven impersonator Derek Williams teamed up with Chief Constable Frank Whiteley to launch a range of posters that will remind football fans to enjoy the World Cup and keep away from violence and disorder.

The posters are designed to target people who commit acts of disorder in public places and eradicate domestic violence and drink-driving.

The hard hitting posters will be displayed across the county throughout the summer period.

Mr Whiteley said: "We are warning all football fans that if they commit violence during the World Cup they will be arrested and could face court prosecution, a banning order or even imprisonment.

"We are anticipating thousands of people to descend on the town centres, clubs and bars to watch the World Cup over the coming weeks.

"We want people to enjoy the games peacefully and safely and to not cause any disorder."

Extra officers will be on patrol throughout Hertfordshire for all England matches and key games.

As part of the planning and management programme, officers will be visiting the 31 people in the county - there are nine in the eastern division - who have current football banning orders.

The order prevents them from travelling overseas to watch football matches - if this is breached a prison sentence will be issued.

Derek Williams, the UK's number one Sven impersonator, said: "I am proud to be supporting the police in the anti-violence campaign and don't want to see the competition spoilt by the small minority of people who drink too much and cause trouble.

"My message is simple - enjoy yourself, drink sensibly, and help Sven and the boys bring the World Cup home. We need fans behind the team, not behind bars."

Supt Dave Thomson, who is leading the police World Cup operation, said: "We are working closely with licensees and town centre managers across the county."

- In Cambridgeshire, there are 35 football banning orders in place, according to the Home Office.

Those who have banning orders have to surrender their passport to the police 10 days before the opening game of the tournament and report to a designated police station on every England match day.

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