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Violence in English football reaches its highest in numbers in eight years

Arrests, riots and incidents in English football have reached an eight-year high, according to a report by the UK Home O


Arrests, riots and incidents in English football have reached an eight-year high, according to a report by the UK Home Office.

In total, in the 2021/2022 season – the first since fans fully returned to stadiums – there were 2,198 football-related arrests, the highest number since the 2013/2014 season.

These numbers come to light after the Premier League has launched an initiative to punish those fans who carry pyrotechnic instruments and invade the fields with vetoes in the stadiums.

Last season, a man was jailed for hitting Sheffield United player Billy Sharp in the head in a Premier League promotion match, while Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted by a Manchester City fan at the end of the match. of the match, as also happened to Patrick Vieira, manager of Crystal Palace, in the field of Everton.

According to this study, incidents were reported in 53% of the games played last season and there were 441 field invasions, which represents an increase of 127% compared to the 2018/2019 campaign, the last one that had an audience in the stadiums .

In total, 516 people were banned from entering the fields, with the most sanctioned clubs being Milwall, Leicester City and Everton.

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