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Big fall in Hammers arrests

The Home office has revealed the number of  arrests of West Ham supporters last season amounted to just 25!

That’s 25 too many of course but it’s a huge improvement on the five-year high in the 2016/17 season, which saw 65 arrests – a drop of around two thirds.

The Newham Recorder reports: ‘Public disorder was the most common type of infraction by club supporters – nine arrests were made for the offence. This was followed by seven for throwing missiles and then four for pitch incursion. The club was 17th for arrests out of all the clubs in the top five divisions.

West Ham had 54 football banning orders (FBO) in force as of August 1. The club has the fourth highest number of any team. Newcastle easily has the most with 71.

Someone with an FBO cannot attend any regulated football match in the UK, and can be sent to prison for breaching one.

While a spokesman for West Ham declined to comment on the numbers, he said it had a “zero tolerance” policy towards bad behaviour.

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