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‘Newcastle fans top league of shame’ – Don’t let facts get in way of good story

1 year ago
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Newcastle fans have been making the headlines over the course of the past 24 hours.

Newcastle fans ‘named and shamed’ as the worst in the country.

Headlines in the newspapers went to town/toon…

Here are a few of them:

‘The Worst Behaved Fans In English Football Have Been Revealed’

‘Newcastle fans retain top spot in football banning order league of shame’

‘LOONY TOONS Newcastle fans top worst behaved football fans for third year running with staggering 111 banning orders’

‘Newcastle United ‘fans’ have topped the football banning order league of shame for the third consecutive year’

The headlines related to figures released on which clubs in England and Wales had the highest number of banning orders on 7 August 2017:

111 – Newcastle United

75 – Wolverhampton Wanderers

57 – West Ham United

55 – Millwall

49 – Manchester United

44 – Liverpool

43 – Barnsley

42 – Chelsea

41 – Birmingham City

39 – Burnley, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers

As one of the headlines says above, Newcastle supporters ‘worst behaved…with staggering 111 banning order’.

All fair comment, apart from the fact that actually only three Newcastle fans had received banning orders during the 2016/17 season.

Remember as well that this was a season which saw Newcastle fans smash all kinds of records….that is records as in averaging over 51,000 in their 23 away matches and selling out away match after away match.

So with over one and a quarter million Newcastle fans going to matches last season, three picked up banning orders!

The figures above are correct but the vast majority of the 111 Newcastle fans who carried banning orders throughout 2016/17 were for long-term banning orders handed out some time ago.

A Newcastle United spokesman:

“The vast majority of these banning orders are the legacy of the city centre disorder that followed the Newcastle United v Sunderland derby match in 2013.

“Most of those convicted on that occasion received five or six year bans, hence why the club still appears at the top of this table.”

It gets better, most of those who received banning orders in 2013 on the day of that derby game hadn’t even been to the match, it was in the main, loads of youths taking the opportunity to throw stuff at the police. Yes totally out of order but in reality it was nothing to do with football for most of them, just an opportunity for anti-social behaviour.

When it comes to actual arrests last season when Newcastle were in the Championship, there were a total of 24 – basically one every two matches.

Never mind the facts, just write the headlines!

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