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Newcastle United have more banning orders than any other club for fourth year in a row

6 months ago
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Figures just released for 2017/18 show that Newcastle United had more fans with banning orders than any other club.

This is the fourth season in a row that this has been the case.

No individual club figure quoted by BBC Sport but they do say that the total number of banning orders for English league clubs actually dropped last season, by 6% from 1,929 to 1,822.

There were 460 new orders issued last season, which was 11% down on the previous year (2016/17).

When it came to fans actually being arrested last season, Birmingham City were top with 95.

Whilst in the Premier League it was West Ham with 46. Hammers fans were protesting against the owners and 13 of the arrests were for supporters going on the pitch.

Compared to past decades of course, trouble and arrests at football are far less frequent.

For every 100,000 supporters attending matches, an average overall of only 3.5 fans were arrested at English league matches last season. However, in League Two, that arrest figure was actually 8.6 per 100,000.

BBC Sport:

Football-related arrests in England and Wales have more than halved in the past decade, according to new figures.

Arrests have steadily fallen this century and were down 6% in 2017-18 compared with the previous season.

For the third consecutive year, more Birmingham City fans were arrested last season (95) than any other club in England’s top five leagues.

The Championship had the most arrests (591), up 22% from 2016-17, while Premier League clubs had 374 arrests.

West Ham had the most arrests in the top division with 46, 13 of which were for pitch incursions, up from two in 2016-17. The club has repeatedly struggled with security issues since moving into the London Stadium.

The arrest rate for the whole season was 3.5 per 100,000 fans, while League Two had the highest arrest rate of 8.6 per 100,000.

Government data from the Home Office also showed an increase in arrests for:

Throwing missiles – 125 (2017-18), compared with 91 (2016-17)

Racist and indecent chanting – 15 (2017-18), up from seven (2016-17)

Public disorder – 549 (2017-18), up from 505 (2016-17)

The three most common offences were public disorder (36%), violent disorder (20%) and pitch incursion (12%), while alcohol arrests dropped by 38%.

The number of banning orders in force – which stops a fan attending fixtures for a set period of time – dropped by 6% from 1,929 to 1,822.

There were 460 new orders issued last season, 11% down on the previous year.

Newcastle United had the highest number of banning orders for the fourth year in succession.

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