By Russell Edge
An official government report has revealed that Newcastle United supporters are the fans who have been handed the most banning orders across the top five divisions in English football.
The study, available on the Government’s official website, outlines the details of football related arrests and banning orders, with crimes including entering the field of play, the throwing of missiles and incidents which may not take place inside the stadium but are directly related with the football, such as fan violence.
The report revealed the damning statistic that Newcastle were the club with the largest number of banning orders against their fans in the 2016/17 season with 111, meaning that they have topped the list for three consecutive years.
The number has dropped for the Magpies, with 124 banning orders against the Toon Army in the previous campaign, but were still some way ahead of second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had 75 orders placed on their supporters.
Meanwhile the unwanted accolade of most fans arrested went to Championship side Birmingham City supporters, who have seen 72 charged with football related offences, closely followed by top flight club West Ham with 67.
The study shows that arrest numbers have fallen 14 per cent over the last two seasons, while banning orders fell from 2,085 to 1,929 over the same period.
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