Monday, December 24, 2007
Police data show Manchester United's Old Trafford as one of most unsafe Premiership grounds
By 1970’s Gooner
Sir Alex Ferguson has voiced concerns about the lack of security at the Emirates after the two sides drew their game there early last month 2-2.
Well, he will do well to look no further than his own back yard.
Police data, published by the Home Office, show that the club topping the League with the most fans arrested last season at Premiership grounds was Manchester United (195), followed by Chelsea (135) and Sunderland (119).
Newcastle and Tottenham came next, both with 117. Arsenal only had 80 arrests and was eighth in the table.
Football Related Arrests 2006/07 Season
1. Manchester United 195
2. Chelsea 135
3. Sunderland 119
4. Newcastle 117
5. Tottenham 117
6. West Ham 111
7. Manchester City 91
8. Arsenal 80
9. Aston Villa 77
10. Everton 70
11. Middlesbrough 68
12. Liverpool 64
The club with the most well behaved supporters was …Fulham with only 8 arrests followed by Charlton (17), Blackburn (21), Portsmouth (27) and Watford (22)
Almost 3,800 people were arrested last season at Premiership grounds, 8% more than in the previous season. Public disorder and missile throwing was up, but violent disorder fell.
The number of arrests for violent disorder, fell to 337, the lowest ever figure, from 358 the previous season.
Tottenham had the most fans arrested for this offence (30) while Arsenal had only 8.
But Manchester United had the most held for public disorder (98) and had the most banning orders issued to its supporters than any other club (90) twice as many as for Arsenal supporters.
And there's more.
Top of the League for alcohol offences was Newcastle and.... yes youv'e guessed it Manchester United (68) with twice as many offences as Aston Villa, Tottenham and Everton and three times as many as Arsenal (20).
So it's best for Manchester United to get its own house in order first before complaining about others.
Home Office: Statistics on football related arrests and banning orders- Season 2006/7