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Football hooligan arrests on the rise- 19 Oct 2007 08:00:00

The numbers of police arrests for football hooliganism have risen for the first time in four years, according to new Home Office figures.

The Home Office refused to acknowledge the negative aspects of the report stating that the rise was the result of a ‘tougher police approach to anti-social and disorderly behaviour’.

Almost 3,800 people were held last season - 300 (8%) more than in 2005/06.

Among the incidents, public disorder and missile throwing was on the rise, but violent disorder fell.

The club with the most fans arrested was Manchester United (195), followed by Chelsea (135) and Sunderland (119).

Newcastle and Tottenham came next in the list, both with 117 arrests.

The figures show that total attendance at football matches involving English and Welsh clubs and international teams increased by 5% to more than 38.6m last season.

The Home Office said the 3,788 arrests represent just 0.01% of spectators.

Among the overall figure, arrests for public disorder leapt by 25% to 1,700.

But the number of arrests for violent disorder fell to 337, the lowest ever figure, from 358 in 2005/06.

Tottenham had the most fans arrested for violence with 30 arrested in the 2006/07 season, while Manchester United had the most held for public disorder with 98.

Arrests for racist chanting dropped from 55 to 41, but those for throwing missiles rose from 68 to 97.

The number of football banning orders imposed in 2006/07 was down by a third to 644.

There were 3,203 hooligans subjected to the orders by 9th August, down from 3,387 in 2005/06, all of whom were prevented from attending domestic and international matches.

The most banning orders were at Leeds United, after an extra 30 were handed out in the course of the season to take their total to 118.

Cardiff City had the second-most with 114, followed by Millwall (111) and Stoke City (102).

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