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Here’s the number of Oxford United fans banned from matches

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 26, 2022

OXFORD United fans faced six banning orders at the end of last season.

Football banning orders are given to those who commit certain offences within a stadium, travelling to or from a game, or crimes that are considered to be football-related.

If issued with a banning order, fans cannot go to any football match within the UK and have to surrender their passport when a national game is played outside of the country.

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New figures from the Home Office show there were six football banning orders in force for fans of Oxford United at the end of last season. Of these, one was issued during the 2021-22 season.

The figures also show there were eight football-related arrests of Oxford United fans last season.

Across England and Wales, football-related disorder has surged according to the figures.

There were 2,198 football-related arrests last season, up by 59 per cent compared to 2018-19 – the last season undisrupted by the pandemic.

This was also the highest number since 2,273 arrests were made in the 2013-14 season.

Authorities dished out 516 new football banning orders in total, meaning 1,308 were in force by the summer of 2022.

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Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing, said: “Disorder is a problem that has not gone away, and throughout the whole of last season we saw an increase in crime at football matches across the country – from the Premier League right down to the National League.

“Following constructive talks with the Premier League, EFL and FA we are keen to support our partners in delivering their proposals – including the introduction of stadium bans for people who enter the pitch, as well as those who use pyrotechnics.

“The statistics released today show a worrying rise in these crimes, which are both extremely dangerous for players, staff and fellow fans alike.”

Home Office Minister Jeremy Quin said: “Our football clubs are at the heart of our communities, and it is unacceptable that the game we all love is tarnished by a minority of selfish troublemakers.

“The increase in football-related arrests shows that police are taking firm action to stop this disorder and preserve the enjoyment of the game for fans and families which I wholeheartedly support.”

The Premier League saw the most banning orders of England and Wales’ top five leagues, with 412 in force at the end of the season, while League One fans were issued 238.

West Ham had the highest number of arrests for a single club – 95 across the season – followed by Manchester City with 76, and Manchester United with 72.

Nationally, hate crime was reported 384 times, and drug use 170 times – both all-time highs.

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This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, she joined the team this year and covers health stories for the Oxfordshire papers.

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