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Football arrests down

20 September 2014

Arrests of football supporters in 2013/14 were the lowest on record according to the latest statistics published by the Home Office. 

In total, 2,273 of the 38m fans that attended football matches in The Football League, Premier League, Football Conference, domestic cup competitions, European competitions and international football last season were arrested, a fall of seven per cent on last season.

Arrests at football matches are down by 46 per cent since 2000 and last year there was just one arrest for every 16,800 fans attending matches.

In The Football League, arrests fell by four per cent to 1,003, just 0.006 per cent of supporters  attending matches.

A Football League spokesperson, said:  “The Football League and our clubs work closely with the police and local authorities to ensure that our grounds are safe places for people to watch and enjoy football. 

“Every season clubs spend over £10m on security arrangements to keep supporters safe and a further £6m on police services where they are required, although more than half of Football League matches are now police free.

“It’s hugely encouraging that arrests at football matches are at a record low and the large fall in incidents over the last decade demonstrates that the approach being taken to crowd management at our clubs is the correct one.”

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