An epidemic of field invasions, rocket-throwing, flares and hate crimes saw football-related arrests rise to the highest level in eight years last season.
Police arrested a total of 2,198 people in the first full campaign since the coronavirus pandemic, a 59 percent increase from 2018-19 and the most since 2013-14.
West Ham United fans were the biggest offenders, with 95 arrests, followed by Manchester City (76), Manchester United (72), Leicester City (59) and Everton (58).
The alarming numbers, released Thursday by the Department of the Interior, were compounded by a 127 percent increase in the number of pitch invasions (441) compared to three years earlier, a 118 percent increase in fireworks possession (729). ), a 99 percent increase in hate crimes (384) and an 86 percent increase in rocket-throwing.
Chief Constable Mark Roberts, head of the National Police Chief Council for Football Police, said: “The publication of these statistics underlines that the increase in disorder we saw midway through the 2021/22 season has continued and cannot simply be put down. for fans returning to the stadiums after the lockdown.
“Disorder is a problem that hasn’t gone away, and all through last season we saw an increase in crime at football matches across the country – from the Premier League to the National League.