Home Office figures: Burnley in top 10 for most new football banning orders issued

Fans were penalized at Burnley Magistrates’ Court between February 22 and May 17 with another man fined and two teenagers on community resolutions.

A statement from Burnley Football Club at the time read: “We know that the overwhelming majority of our supporters behave responsibly and bring credit to the club and the city they represent.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Police are seen outside the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 28, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“However, the behavior of a small number of individuals at the home game against Arsenal in September last year was shocking and shameful and has no place in Turf Moor or in society.

“As a result, 16 people have been identified for their role in the disorder, 13 of whom have been issued football restraining orders and subsequent lifetime bans from entering Turf Moor.

“This kind of behavior will never be acceptable and anyone who behaves in this way is not a supporter of the Club and should not be expected to escape punishment. We cannot stress enough that anyone who engages in unacceptable behavior in our stadium will be dealt with in the strongest possible way.”

A total of 17 supporters have been banned in the 2021/22 campaign, the seventh-most in England.

Chart displaying England’s top 10 clubs for new banning orders. Source: Ministry of the Interior.

Only Millwall (33), Leicester City (28), Everton (26), Plymouth Argyle (23), Manchester City (20) and West Ham United (18) had received more.

Derby County and Middlesbrough, with 15 new restraining orders issued each, and Manchester United (14) made up the top 10.

Following these statistics (released on September 22), the police have stepped up their crackdown on football unrest.

Football-related arrests rose by almost 60% last season compared to the season before the Covid pandemic, with police targeting troublemakers at games.

New figures released by the Home Office reveal that 2,198 arrests were made in the 2021-22 season, 59% more than in the 2018-19 season.

Additionally, today’s figures show there were 1,308 people with Football Restraining Orders (FBOs) at the end of the 2021-22 season, including 516 new orders issued, barring those people from to attend matches, including the World Cup in Qatar.

The government has reacted strongly to reports of increased disorder, pitch invasions and abuse of players and staff at football matches.

Home Secretary Jeremy Quin said: “Our football clubs are at the heart of our communities, and it is unacceptable that the game we all love is being tarnished by a minority of selfish troublemakers.

“The increase in football-related arrests shows that the police are taking strong action to stop this disorder and preserve the enjoyment of the game for fans and families, which I wholeheartedly support.”

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