Newcastle United is top of the arrests league - following derby day bother with Sunderland (From The Northern Echo)
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Newcastle United is top of the arrests league - following derby day bother with Sunderland
NEWCASTLE United has topped the league - for arrests at matches last season.
The Tyneside club’s supporters clocked up 175, more than any other followers of a Premier League team.
Much of it was due to mayhem in the city centre following Sunderland's won 0-3 victory in April’s derby, which led to 100 arrests.
League champions Manchester United were the Magpies’ nearest rivals in the aggro stakes with a total of 145 arrests over the season.
Manchester City finished third with 95 and Sunderland clocked up 71.
The best-behaved supporters were at Fulham and Reading - since relegated – who both registered just nine arrests all season.
Northumbria Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant said North-East fans were passionate and the vast majority were well behaved.
"Unfortunately, there are a small minority of people who engage in football-related violence and disorder and they are in no way reflective of the behaviour of true football fans.
"More than 100 arrests were made in connection with the disorder that took place after the Tyne-Wear derby in April, and a number of people are progressing through the court process.
"There is no place for any kind of disorder in our communities and we will not put up with the sort of disorder that happened in April.
"When any kind of violence takes place we will do everything possible to make sure those suspected of being involved are traced to ensure the safety of genuine supporters attending the games.”
"Using relevant legislation we can prevent people involved in this type of behaviour from attending games, which allows the well-meaning vast majority of fans who attend matches to do so safely without fear of violence and disorder. "In addition, we work closely with football clubs, local authorities and other partner organisations as well as the UK Football Policing Unit, to ensure suitable policing operations are in place at football matches. "Violence and disorder is not tolerated and banning orders are regarded as an effective way of maintaining safety at football matches."
In the Championship, Leeds United had most arrests last season , 101, while Middlesbrough had 44. Ipswich Town recorded just four.
In Division One, Hartlepool, who were relegated, scored nine arrests in total and York City’s tally was 11 in Division Two.
The Home Office said arrests at domestic and international games (2,456) were up by 93 – four per cent – on the previous season’s total , which had been a record low .
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