“Middle-class cokeheads” could face five-year football bans if convicted of using or selling Class A drugs at matches, the government has announced.
The new rules, set to be announced by Police Secretary Kit Malthouse today, are part of the Government’s attempt to stop violence and disorder at sports games.
They include the possibility that any convict could be asked to hand in their passports if their football team is playing abroad.
The government hopes the new measures will prevent a disorder like that seen in the Euro final between England and Italy last July.
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Before the announcement Boris Johnson said that “middle-class cokeheads” are driving crime across Britain.
“Middle-class cokeheads should stop kidding themselves, their habit is fueling a war on our streets that is fueling misery and crime in our country and beyond,” the prime minister said.
“That’s why we’re stepping up our efforts to ensure those who break the law face the full consequences – because taking illegal drugs is never a victimless crime.”
Mr Malthouse said police are increasingly finding Class A drugs are “at the heart” of the disorder at football matches.
“It’s been an exciting football season but in some games we’ve seen ugly violence that has shocked all leagues,” he said.
“Police are finding more and more Class A drugs at the heart of this disorder and that is why we must act.
“The football family wants every pitch to be a safe place for fans, especially children, and we want that too.”
He added that such bans have been successful in the past.
“Football bans have been instrumental in eradicating racism and violence in football and now we want them to do the same for drug-related disorders,” he said.
“The government is determined to curb drug use and make it clear to those who use it that drugs have consequences.”
The Council of National Police Chiefs has backed the move.
NPCC Chief Football Officer Mark Roberts said: “I am delighted that the Government has updated legislation banning football matches to address the growing problems of disorder that we have been seeing, partly caused by the use of Class A drugs .
“Police and football authorities all support this measure and it is an important step in ensuring that drug use in football is tackled so that the majority of fans, particularly those with families, can enjoy themselves without suffering from anti-social behavior and violence.
“The UKFPU (The UK Football Policing Unit) will coordinate activities with police forces and clubs from the start of next season to ensure we make the best use of this legislation to tackle drug use in football.”