DOZENS of football troublemakers from Wearside have been banned from travelling to the Euros.
A total of 40 yobs in Sunderland have three-year Football Banning Orders secured against them, stopping them from travelling to follow international games involving England
A further 85 bans, issued by magistrates, have been handed to thugs in Newcastle.
Bosses at Northumbria Police said they have put measures in place to prevent potential hooligans from heading to Poland and Ukraine for the European Championships, which kicked off on Friday.
Superintendent Gillian Mitchell, from the force, said known and convicted troublemakers have been ordered to surrender their passports for the duration of the tournament and report to police stations on Three Lions matchdays.
England were due to kick off their campaign today against France.
“Those subject to Football Banning Orders are obliged to surrender their passport for the duration of Euro 2012, preventing them from travelling to Poland and Ukraine for the tournament,” Supt Mitchell said.
“They will also be required to report to their designated police station on the day of any England fixture.”
Those banned include Black Cats fans arrested for starting fights at recent Tyne-Wear derby games and those who admitted their part in clashes with police at Newcastle Central Station in 2009 as they made their way back from a pre-season friendly in Edinburgh.
Last year, Mark Mann, of Seafields, Seaburn, was also hit with a three-year football banning order for his “shameful behaviour” during a pre-season friendly between Sunderland and Brighton, in Portugal, in 2010.
A court heard how the 24-year-old, fuelled by drink, repeatedly shouted and swore at former SAFC boss Steve Bruce.
England are due to meet Sweden on Friday, followed by Ukraine on June 19.
Supt Mitchell said specialist “spotters” will also be on duty at the region’s airports to snare any banned supporters from boarding a flight to Eastern Europe.
“We take enforcement action against those people who breach their banning orders and specialist football officers will be based at Newcastle International Airport during the championships to deter, detect and apprehend any individual intending to attend the event to engage in violence or disorder,” she said.
“Northumbria Police will be strictly enforcing any breach of football banning orders.
“If any of those subject to an order fail to adhere to the conditions of their football banning order they will be arrested.”
Tension is already high at the competition after a recent Panorama investigation into racism and anti-Semitism in the host countries included footage of Polish fans giving Nazi-style salutes, black players being heckled with monkey chants and a group of Asian men being viciously beaten at a club game in Ukraine.