Arrests and reported incidents of disorder at football matches in England and Wales last season were at their highest level for eight years.
There were 2,198 football-related arrests, the highest number since the 2013-14 season, according to Home Office figures.
The 2021-22 campaign saw the return of capacity crowds after a year of Covid-19 restrictions.
Last season’s disorder included players being approached after pitch invasions.
A fan was jailed after running on to a pitch and headbutting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp at the end of Nottingham Forest’s play-off match against the Blades.
A Manchester City fan who ran onto the pitch and taunted Aston Villa keeper Robin Olsen on the final day at Etihad Stadium received a four-year football banning order.
More reported incidents and more arrests – key stats
- Incidents were reported at more than half of all matches (53%) – 1,609 of the 3,019 matches played
- In 2018-19 – the last full season before Covid-19 restrictions – there were…