British government bans more than 1,300 fans from attending World Cup in Qatar

More than 1,300 England and Wales fans will not be able to travel to Qatar for this year’s World Cup, the UK Home Office said.

The new measures, which take effect on Friday, prevent fans with a history of soccer-related violence from traveling to the sport’s main event, which begins on November 20 and runs until December 18.

“We will not allow the behavior of a minority of lawbreakers to cloud what is going to be an exciting tournament,” Home Secretary Suella Braverman said.

Last season saw a sharp rise in pitch invasions and stadium problems in English football, with the Premier League introducing heightened security measures to control malpractice from the coming months.

The Interior Ministry has warned that fans who break the rules could face six months in prison and an unlimited fine.

Anyone who has “caused trouble before and is deemed likely to do so again” will also be banned from travel.

“Violence, abuse and disorder are not tolerated here, and this criminal behavior will not be tolerated at the World Cup, which is why we are taking this strong approach,” added Braverman.

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