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.
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.