Arrests at English, Welsh matches fall two percent

BY foxsports • December 22, 2009

The number of arrests by police at football matches in England and Wales fell 2 percent last season.

The British government says half the 3,752 arrests were for disorder and about a third for alcohol-related offenses. Ticket scalping and violence also featured in the list of reasons.

Fans of Premier League clubs accounted for 1,600 arrests. Manchester United fans were the most disorderly with 185, although United has the biggest stadium and attracts more fans.

Newcastle United was next with 144 arrests in a season that featured relegation, and Everton third with 139.

Fulham had a topflight low of 13 arrests.

Policing minister David Hanson says "we now set an example for the rest of the world in how we police football matches."

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