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Top 20 English Soccer Teams with the Most Fan Arrests

Soccer hooliganism isn’t dead and buried in England and Wales, but it is on the decline and is nowhere near as disgraceful as it was in the 1970s and '80s. The British Home Office recently released soccer-related arrest statistics for the 2014-15 English season, which also includes the few teams from Wales that play in England such as Swansea City and Cardiff City. The figures show the total number of arrests at stadiums during games have dropped for the third straight year and have reached an all-time low. However, this doesn’t include arrests which take place in the town centres away from the venues. The number of busts fell by 400 last season, which represents a decrease of 18%. In total, there were 1,873 soccer-related arrests during the season, which worked out to 4.9 arrests for each 100,000 fans or about one per 20,000.

34% of these were for public disorder while 22% were related to alcohol and 16% were for violent conduct. It should also be noted that not every arrest results in a conviction, but many of them result in banning orders which means the fans aren’t allowed to attend any games for a specific period of time such as a year or two. A total of 484 bans were handed out over the past 12 months which was a decrease of 194 or 29% from the year before. The highest number of bans on record was 3,174 back in 2011 and it currently stands at 2,181. Fans who are banned from matches have to hand over their passport and/or report to a local police station before and after their team plays in another nation.

There are 92 fulltime professional teams in England/Wales and dozens of others that are deemed to be semipro or amateur. The highest number of arrests, 772 of the 1,873, took place at Premier League matches, but the non-professional National League had the most arrests per fans as there were 7.4 busts per 100,000 supporters during these games. There were just four professional clubs out of the 92 that didn’t have any of their fans arrested at least once last season. Below is a list of the top 20 English clubs when it comes to the number of fan arrests for the 2014-15 campaign. Eleven of them come from the Premier League, while seven are from the second-tier Championship League and three belong to the third-tier League One.

20 Nottingham Forest

via nottinghamforest.co.uk

19 Stoke City

via thecomeback.com

18 Millwall

via telegraph.co.uk

17 West Bromwich Albion

via birminghammail.co.uk

16 Tottenham Hotspur

via telegraph.co.uk

15 Fulham

via theguardian.com

14 Manchester City

via mcfc.co.uk

13 Barnsley

via barnsley-chronicle.co.uk

12 Derby County

via derbytelegraph.co.uk

11 Birmingham City

via birminghammail.co.uk

10 Middlesbrough

via mirror.co.uk

9 Arsenal

via theguardian.com

8 Leicester City

via bbc.com

7 Newcastle United

via mirror.co.uk

6 Chelsea

via talkingbaws.com

5 Sunderland

via consettmagazine.com

4 Aston Villa

via bbc.co.uk

3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

via wolves.co.uk

2 Manchester United

via 3news.co.nz

1 Leeds United

via leedsunited.com

No surprise here really. Leeds fans have had a reputation of being notorious troublemakers for years now and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better with time. A total of 99 Leeds supporters shamed their club by being arrested last season to lead the country. You’d think one more hooligan could have been busted to make it an even 100 though. Leeds also came in second in their division behind Millwall for banning orders with 58, which ranks sixth most in the country. Leeds’ supporters take their act on the road with them as 71 arrests were made at away encounters and 28 came at home. There were 34 alcohol-related arrests, 28 for public disorder, 13 for violent activity, 10 for pitch invasions and eight for possessing flares or pyrotechnics.

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