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Football arrests hit record low

Arrests for football-related disorder in England and Wales are at a record low, the Home Office has said. Just over 3,000 people were arrested at games involving English and Welsh teams last year, a drop of 9%, reports BBC News. The number of people under football banning orders has also fallen, down to 3,173 from 3,248 last year.

During last season, 3,089 people were arrested, a drop of 302 compared with the 2009/10 season.

This is the lowest figure since records began in the 1984/5 season and equates to an average of one arrest per match.

There were no arrests at 70% of games in the 2010/11 season, and only one English fan was arrested at the World Cup, after he confronted members of the England team following a match in Cape Town.

Chelsea fans represent 10% of all the banning orders in the Premier League with 105, compared to 101 against Manchester United fans and 98 against Newcastle United fans.

In the Championship, Cardiff City fans have 143 banning orders, the most of any club in England and Wales, followed by Leeds United with 106 and West Ham with 100.

League Two's Dagenham and Redbridge is the only group with no banning orders, the figures showed.

The number of those attending regulated matches in England and Wales reached 37 million last year, meaning those arrested represent less than 0.01% of that season's spectators.

The figures relate to the Premiership and football league in England, as well as a number of non-league competitions in England and Wales, European club matches and internationals.

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