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Newcastle fans top on football bans

Newcastle United fans received the highest number of banning orders last season in England and Wales, dwarfing supporters of other clubs, fresh figures have revealed.

There were 95 banning orders imposed on supporters of the Premier League team in the 2013/14 season, Home Office data revealed.

Fans of League One side Chesterfield received the second-highest number of banning orders at just 22, while League Two side Shrewsbury Town saw 21 bans issued to its supporters.

The total number of football banning orders decreased by 7% to 2,273 as at September 3 2014, from 2,451 on September 20 2013.

This represents 678 new banning orders imposed during the period, on top of those already in place.

Football banning orders aim to block potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad - and are issued by the courts following a conviction for a football-related offence or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

During the 2013/14 season, the total number arrests by Home Office police forces in connection with regulated international and domestic football matches involving teams from, or representing, England and Wales was 2,273. This represents a decrease of 183 arrests, or 7%, on the 2012-13 total.

The 2013-14 football-related arrest season total is the lowest on record, the Home Office said.

Total attendance at regulated football matches during the 2013-14 season was in excess of 38 million spectators.

The total number of arrests represents less than 0.01% of the total attendance, or one arrest for every 16,800 spectators.

In the Premier League, Manchester United supporters saw the highest number of arrests - 112 - in the 2013/14 season. This compares to 71 at Manchester City and 67 at Arsenal.


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