West Ham were the worst offending club as football related arrests hit their highest point in eight years during the 2022-23 season.
A total of 2,198 were made and Irons fans were arrested 95 times followed by Manchester City (76 arrests), Manchester United (72), Leicester (59) and Everton (58).
The extent of the criminality and anti-social behaviour has been listed released by the Home Office .
The figures represent a 59 per cent increase on 2018-19 (1,381 arrests), which was the last full campaign with supporters in stadiums before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Daily Mail declares that the data paints a depressing picture for the domestic game, with incidents reported at 1,609 of the 3,019 matches played in England and Wales over the course of last season – equating to 53 per cent.
It wasn’t until I read the article I realised it wasn’t to do with criminal defending…🤓
It has been embarrassing lately to talk about West Ham with friends who are fans of other clubs (which in Oz is monotonously mostly Man bloody United). However two days ago I was happy to send them links to this story in the UK media about us being top of something. Well it’s better than nothing. Maybe.