Arrests reduce at English grounds

Football-related arrests for violence dropped last season, Home Office Minister David Hanson announced today. The number of fans arrested overall also fell last year, with no arrests at 67 percent of all international and domestic matches. 'Statistics on Football-Related Arrests and Banning Orders Season 2008-09', published today, revealed there were 3,752 arrests last season - down two percent on the year before. They also showed violent incidents were down five percent, with just 354 fans arrested for violence out of the total attendance figure of 37 million at football matches last year. Policing Minister David Hanson MP said: "Hooligans once blighted our national game, but we now set an example for the rest of the world in how we police football matches. "I am pleased with the way clubs and police work together, but we must also praise fans for realising violence has no place in the modern game. "We are not complacent and will carry on working to ensure this success story continues into the future." The new figures mean just 0.01 percent of 37 million supporters attending matches in England and Wales last year were arrested. Fans were also well-behaved abroad - more than 105,000 fans travelled to 49 games in European club competitions last year, but just 30 were arrested. The latest statistics revealed during the 2008/09 season:

- 3,752 arrests were made at domestic and international matches in England and Wales;
- There were 1.18 arrests per game;
- The number of football banning orders on 10 November was 3,180 - representing 956 new orders imposed last year;
- 92 percent of individuals whose banning orders have expired are assessed by police as no longer posing a risk to football disorder.