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A further turn of the screw against international football hooliganism has been negotiated by the Home Office, it was disclosed last night. Two parliamentary Orders laid before the Commons enact bilateral agreements made with the Republic of Ireland and Norway. Under the agreements, anyone living in England or Wales who is convicted of a football-related criminal offence in either country after 1 August can be made the subject of a magistrates' court ban on travelling abroad to any specified football match.

The Home Office said that the British law, which already applies to Scotland, Sweden and Italy, could not apply to foreign supporters coming to Britain.