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Football fans who take drugs at matches will face five-year ban in new crackdown

FOOTBALL fans who take drugs to matches face a five-year ban from all grounds.

A crackdown will be unveiled this week amid growing evidence thugs high on cocaine are fuelling a surge in violence at stadiums.

Football fans who take drugs to matches face a five-year ban from all grounds

Ministers are expected to act after figures revealed fans arrested for disorder rose by 50 per cent in the first half of the season.

Cocaine was blamed by football authorities for the shameful scenes at Wembley’s Euros final between England and Italy last July.

There have since been more than 800 arrests in league grounds for missile throwing, pitch incursion and hate crimes, plus 100 for drugs.

Fans have been seen snorting cocaine in their seats and cops fear it will overtake alcohol as a cause of match violence.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel is thought to want footie banning orders — handed out for violent behaviour, pitch invasion or racist chanting — extended to Class A drug offences.

Anyone caught with cocaine at a match would be barred for three to five years.

They could be ordered to surrender their passport.

A Home Office source said: “Coked-up hooligans shouldn’t be able to ruin a match for others.

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“These new banning orders will see them kicked out of the stands.”

Drug use was highlighted by an FA-ordered report after the Euros.

A Sun probe revealed the scale of the problem with traces of cocaine found at five Premier League grounds.