Banned Sunderland and Newcastle football fans to be stopped from travelling to England game in Ireland

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Police are preventing more than 150 known football troublemakers from the North East travelling to Ireland this weekend for England’s friendly match in Dublin.

As part of the national Operation Emotion, officers are putting in place measures to stop any banned supporters travelling to the game, which takes place on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium.

Officers from Northumbria Police have instructed all 167 banned supporters from their force area to sign in at nominated stations this week as part of their banning orders and must surrender their passports.

In addition to this, they will also be required to attend their allocated station on Sunday between 10am and 1pm to prevent any travel to Ireland on the day.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “We want to make sure the event is an enjoyable day for all.

“The majority of people who travel to these international friendlies are real football fans who don’t cause any issues or trouble.

“However, there is a very small minority of fans who are intent on causing trouble and I am making it clear that they are not welcome and we will do all we can to prevent them ruining this friendly event for the true football fans.

“By taking any opportunity away from these people to travel to the game we do significantly decrease the risk of serious disorder being committed by those from the Northumbria area.

“I hope it serves as a warning to others that we will take action on you and we will not allow known offenders ruin the sport for others.”