Revealed: West Ham fans top of Premier League banning order table
PUBLISHED: 12:47 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 November 2017
Thirty new football banning orders were issued in West Ham’s first season at the London Stadium - the second highest in the country.
Government figures show that during the 2016-17 season, more Hammers fans were prevented from attending future games than any other Premier League club. The only other team to see more banning orders issued were Championship side Wolves.
Manchester United were second in the top flight banning order table, with 24, while two sides - Watford and West Brom - saw their fans behave to such an extent last season that not a single banning order was issued.
The number of banning orders issued to West Ham fans last season is a massive increase on the previous season.
In 2014-15, 13 orders were issued, while in 2015-16 - the last season at Upton Park - just six were handed out.
The total number of football banning orders issued in England and Wales last season was 517, down from 542 the previous season.
The Championship had the most fans banned, with 171, while the Premier League was just 16 behind, with 155, despite having four less teams.
In addition, 69 Hammers fans - the most in the league - were arrested for football-related disorder, with 67 at the match and two by British Transport Police. Of the match arrests, 36 were at home games and 29 away.
They include 27 arrests for violent disorder, 22 for public disorder, five for throwing missiles and four for pitch incursions.
The only clubs to see more arrests were Birmingham City, with a total of 75, and Leeds United, with 82.
In comparison, there were 37 arrests of West Ham fans made in 2014-15, and 60 in 2015-16.
A West Ham United spokesman said: “The 2016/17 season saw a significant change for West Ham United, with the capacity at home matches rising by 63 per cent due to the move from Boleyn Ground to London Stadium.
“Well-documented teething problems at the beginning of last season led to a temporarily inflated number of issues during the first three months of the campaign. However, the club’s zero tolerance policy ensured these issues resulted in banning orders and arrests where appropriate. This, coupled with a strong commitment to resolving the issues, saw an immediate improvement.
“Significantly, 81pc of all last season’s arrests were made in the first half of the season, and the clear, demonstrable progress made since is proven by the fact that arrests are already down a massive 66 per cent this season, compared to the same point last year.
“We fully expect there to be a continued and substantial decline in next season’s statistics.”
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