Thousands of English football fans banned from Dublin clash

British authorities have banned around 1,300 English soccer fans from travelling to Dublin in just under a fortnight's time.

The Republic of Ireland are set to play England at the Aviva stadium on June 7.

Thousands of English football fans banned from Dublin clash

Those who have caused problems before are facing football banning orders, which will mean they have to surrender their passports and sign on at a British police station on the day of the match.

Columnist with Zapsportz.com, Harry Harris, was at Lansdowne Road in 1995 when the two sides met and riots broke out. He said he is baffled as to why this friendly is happening at all.

"You would think 20 years' time would be healer, and that's correct - but there's always this tiny, small minority - and it's getting smaller and smaller.

"Nonetheless, no matter how few they are, they can bring disgrace on a wonderful sport like football. This is an extremely ill-advised fixture."

The England supporters club travel guide for the fixture said "we have recently noted an increase in anti-social behaviour from a certain section of England fans that has led to complaints from within our own supporters.

"FIFA has also made official contact with The FA to express concerns about anti-IRA chanting during the recent fixture against Italy in Turin and with the Ireland fixture in mind.

"We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others, particularly from a religious or political perspective.

"The FA and authorities are not complacent in this area and fully support the forthcoming introduction of a new anti-discrimination monitoring system by FIFA.

It said the English Football Association has put measures in place with local authorities ahead of the match in Dublin.

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