A TOP West Yorkshire lawyer will lead court action against English football hooligans when they return from the World Cup.
Neil Franklin's aim is to make sure any fans involved in disorder during the tournament will face football banning orders when they come back.
Mr Franklin, chief Crown prosecutor for West Yorkshire, said: "The warning is very clear. If you cause trouble while in Germany, you are almost certain to be prosecuted.
"When you return to this country we will apply for a football banning order which will ban you from every football ground in England and Wales for three years.
"During that time your passport will be taken away every time the England team travels abroad, so if you think you'll follow them to Euro 2008 - think again."
Mr Franklin will act as a focal point for all prosecutions in English courts against soccer thugs.
He will also act as the main contact for police should there be any disorder involving large numbers of arrests.
While he remains in England, five chief Crown prosecutors have travelled out to Germany.
They will be based wherever England's latest match is due to take place.