‘Middle class coke-heads’ could face a five-year football match ban if found guilty of taking or selling Class A drugs at games, the report said. government.
The new rules, due to be announced today by Police Minister Kit Malthouse, are part of the Government’s bid to end violence and disorder at sports matches.
They include the possibility that anyone convicted could be ordered to surrender their passport when their football team plays abroad.
The government hopes that the new measures will make it possible to avoid disorders such as those observed in European final between England and Italy last July.
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Before the announcement, Boris Johnson said ‘middle class coke heads’ are driving crime across the UK.
‘Middle class coke bosses should stop kidding themselves, their habit is fueling a war on our streets, driving misery and crime across our country and beyond,’ the Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we’re stepping up our efforts to make sure those who break the law face the full consequences, because illegal drug use is never a victimless crime.”
Mr Malthouse said police are more frequently finding Class A drugs to be “at the heart” of the disorder at football matches.
“It was an exciting season of football, but in some games we saw horrific violence that shocked all leagues,” he said.
“Increasingly, the police are finding Class A drugs at the heart of this disorder and so we need to act.
“The football family wants every pitch to be a safe space for fans, especially children, and us too.”
He added that such bans have been successful in the past.
“The football banning orders were a game changer in eradicating racism and violence in football, and now we want them to do the same for drug-related disorders,” he said.
“The government is committed to reducing drug use and making sure everyone who takes drugs understands that drugs have consequences.”
The National Police Chiefs Council supported this decision.
Mark Roberts, NPCC’s head of football, said: “I am delighted that the government has updated the football banning order legislation to address the growing problems with disorder we have seen, in part due to Class A drug use.
“The police and football authorities all support this measure and it is an important step to ensure that drug use in football is tackled so that the majority of fans, especially those with families, can having fun without suffering from antisocial behavior and violence.
“The UKFPU (The UK Football Policing Unit) will coordinate activities with police forces and clubs from the start of next season to ensure that we make the best use of this legislation to target drug use in football.”