West Ham tops an ‘alternative’ Premier League chart
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2018
West Ham have topped the Premier League football hooligan charts for last season - with more supporters being arrested or handed football banning orders than any other top flight club.
During the 2017-18 season, 46 arrests were made for football-related offences - four more than the next-placed club, Manchester United.
In a season which included an incident-filled London Stadium clash against Burnley in March, 13 West Ham fans were arrested for pitch incursions - making up more than a quarter of arrests for that offence across the whole Premier League.
The club also saw 14 people arrested for public disorder, seven for violent disorder and five for throwing missiles.
Three arrests were made for alcohol-related offences, with one arrest each for possession of an offensive weapon and possession of pyrotechnics. Two fans were arrested for criminal damage.
But while the 46 arrests is the most in the Premier League, it is still half the number of Birmingham City fans taken into custody, with 95 supporters of the Midlands side arrested during the course of the season.
Other sides to have more arrests than West Ham were Sheffield United, with 62, Sunderland, with 60, Portsmouth, with 59, and Aston Villa, with 48.
In addition, 12 new football banning orders were handed out to West Ham fans last season - the most of any Premier League club.
The figures include five fans who were handed lifetime bans following a pitch invasion and crowd trouble during the 3-0 defeat to Burnley in March.
Despite the amount of new orders issued, there were 52 banning orders in force against West Ham fans by the start of the 2018-19 season - down five from a year previously.
This meant West Ham had the fourth highest number of banned supporters of any side in the top five flights, with only Newcastle, Wolves and Sheffield United having more.
A West Ham United spokesman said: “West Ham United operates a zero tolerance policy towards individuals who breach stadium regulations or are found to be committing an offence.
“We are committed to taking swift and decisive action when needed, and this leads to arrests and banning orders where appropriate.
“The safety and security of our supporters remains our priority and we are committed to ensuring the London Stadium is a safe and comfortable environment for all spectators.”