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​Birmingham fans top arrest league for 2016/17

More Birmingham City fans were arrested than at any other club in England's top five leagues for a second consecutive season in 2016-17, reports BBC Sport.

The Championship was the league with most arrests (455) and 72 of those were fans of Birmingham.

West Ham supporters were behind them on 67; however, arrests across the leagues fell 14% from the 2015-16 season.

Grimsby fans made up more than a quarter of all new banning orders issued across the 24 League Two teams.

A banning order stops a fan attending fixtures for a set period of time and the total number in force at the end of the 2016-17 season had fallen by 7% to 1,929 by the end of the campaign.

Arrests have now fallen significantly over recent seasons, dropping from 3,089 in 2010-11 to 1,638 in 2016-17.

League Two sides Cheltenham Town and Accrington Stanley are the only Football League clubs in Britain without an arrest to their name in 2016-17, while a dozen clubs in the National League can stake the same claim.

Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester City fans were in the top-five clubs for arrests in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

For the second season in a row the Championship proved the most troublesome league with 455 arrests (28%).

But arrest numbers dropped in all five leagues, with the Premier League seeing the biggest fall from 431 to 389.

Premier League side Newcastle United had the most active banning orders in place at the end of the 2016-17 season with 111.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (75), West Ham (57) and Millwall (55) were the only other clubs with more than 50 in action.

Ian Ferris
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