Tourists visit the Motherland Calls monument as the portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin is seen on the wall in front during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The monument commemorates the victims of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Red Army turned back Nazi Germany's army in Volgograd. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UK police say almost all banned fans surrendered passports

June 17, 2018 - 10:37 am

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — British police says 98 percent of the fans banned from traveling to the World Cup because of hooliganism fears have surrendered their passports.

Football banning orders are in place on 1,312 fans in Britain, preventing them from traveling abroad for matches over fears they will cause trouble.

Mark Roberts, head of British football policing, says only two percent of fans on banning orders are yet to give up their passports ahead of England's opening game against Tunisia on Monday.

Speaking in Volgograd, Roberts says a maximum of 2,500 England fans are expected to attend the game in the southern Russian city.

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