FOOTBALL fans who cause trouble in Wrexham this season could have their passports taken off them to stop them going to the World Cup in Germany next summer.
Wales are unlikely to qualify for the tournament but many England fans live in Wrexham and they may well get to the finals.
However, anyone who gets involved in hooliganism at the Racecourse or any other ground risk having their passport confiscated as police abandon the cautioning of football offenders.
Instead the Crown Prosecution Service will apply for more Football Banning Orders preventing those involved from going to games in the UK and preventing them leaving the country during major football tournaments.
Chief Crown Prosecutor for North Wales, Ed Beltrami, said: 'We are going to show football hooligans the red card.
'The vast majority of Wrexham fans have a good reputation both at home and away. We want to avoid a few troublemakers turning up to ruin both the enjoyment and reputation of law-abiding fans and making local residents' lives a misery.
'The action starts now. If you cause trouble at or near a domestic match you are almost certain to be prosecuted and we will apply for a Football Banning Order, which will ban you from every football ground in England and Wales for three years.
'If England or Wales qualifies for the World Cup or Euro 2008, you won't be going. All Football Banning Order subjects risk having their passports taken away every time the England or Wales team or the team they support travel abroad.
'Not only will you not be able to go to a football match abroad during those times for at least the next three years, but neither will you be able to travel out of the country on holiday or business.'
There are currently 51 banning orders in place against people who have caused trouble while watching Wrexham.