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The shocking level of criminal and anti-social behavior at matches in England and Wales was set out in data released by the Home Office on Thursday.
A total of 2,198 football-related arrests were made last season – the highest number for a single campaign in the past eight years.
This figure is a 59% increase from 2018-19 (1,381 arrests), the last full campaign involving fans in stadiums before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The data paints a depressing picture for the domestic game, with incidents reported in 1,609 of the 3,019 games played in England and Wales over the course of last season – equivalent to 53%.
In 2018-19, 1,007 games reported incidents, accounting for a third of the games played.
Last season, 441 pitch invasions were reported – a staggering 127% increase over the 2018-19 campaign – and 384 hate crimes, a 99% increase.
The most commonly reported types of incidents were pyrotechnics (729 matches where incidents were reported), throwing rockets (561), and incidents related to public order or anti-social behavior involving youth supporters (444).
A total of 2,198 football-related arrests were made in England and Wales last season
Football-related arrests have been on the decline since 2015, but the numbers have now risen worryingly.
West Ham supporters were the worst offenders with 95 arrests linked to the Hammers. They are followed by Manchester City (76), Manchester United (72), Leicester (59) and Everton (58).
There has also been an increase in arrests at international matches from pre-Covid levels. 38 were scored in England and Wales national team matches in 2021–22, three of which came at the European Women’s Championships.
This is a 111% increase compared to 18 arrests at national team matches in 2018-19, but less than the 92 in 2020-2021 – although that number was overwhelmingly influenced by the 90 at Euro 2020.
The number of bans in England and Wales has continued to fall, with 1,308 at the end of last season – compared to 1,359 last year and 2,731 a decade ago.
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health/football-related-arrests-surge-to-highest-level-for-eight-years-in-england-and-wales-last-season/ Football-related arrests rise to their highest level in EIGHT YEARS in England and Wales last season