Banning warning to football hooligans

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POLICE are urging football fans to avoid getting slapped with a ban during the new season.

West Yorkshire Police’s football banning unit is one of the most pro-active teams in the country, securing a total of 58 banning orders since it was launched in 2008.

In the last year, the unit secured 20 banning orders against Leeds United supporters and seven from Bradford City fans.

Chief Superintendent Mark Milsom from the unit said: “The vast majority of people attending matches are true supporters who want nothing more than to enjoy themselves by cheering their team on to victory. It is important that we act to put a stop to any crime or anti-social behaviour, not just because of the impact it has on other supporters but also because of the wider impact on our clubs, which we enjoy a strong working relationship with.”