Yorkshire police chief to head up World Cup team’s hooligan watch

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A POLICE chief from Yorkshire will lead a team of British officers to help prevent football hooliganism during the World Cup in Brazil.

Six officers are being sent to South America “to offer support and advice” to Brazilian authorities and help protect England fans.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, from South Yorkshire Police, will lead the small team during the tournament, which thousands of British fans are expected to attend.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, who will be the overall commander from the UK, urged supporters travelling to Brazil to ensure their safety and avoid “protests and confrontations”.

He said: “British police are among the best in the world at policing football matches and it is testament to their work with supporters’ groups and others involved in the game that serious football violence has declined.

“At the last World Cup in 2010 there were only seven arrests of England fans, none of them for football-related violence.

“Very importantly, if you are the subject of a football banning order, you must surrender your passport to your nominated police station by May 31.

“If you attempt to travel to Brazil we will be keeping an eye out for you, and in the very unlikely event that you are not picked up at a port or airport, our intelligence team in Brazil will spot you and there will be serious legal consequences for you back home.”