Government data released today has shown that 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. West Ham follow just behind with 67, and The Championship being the league with the most arrests (455).
The total number of banning orders in force at the end of the 2016-17 season had fallen by 7% by the end of the campaign, and arrests have now fallen significantly over recent seasons, dropping from 3,089 in 2010-11 to 1,638 in 2016-17. There were just seven arrests for racist or offensive chanting during the season.
Kick It Out‘s chair, told BBC Sport that the reduction in incidents was down to better-trained stewards negating the need for police action in certain incidents, and added “with an increase in discrimination reports received by Kick It Out for the 2016/17 season, it is important to reflect that racist behaviour still exists in football and that it must be challenged by all parties involved in the sport.”
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