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News - 8 December 2012

Banning orders cut football violence by 25% in last year

Football-related arrests are 'at an all-time low', according to policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green. Arrests at international and domestic games in 2011-12 dropped by 24 per cent to 2,363, 726 fewer than in the previous year.

The number of arrests from football matches involving teams from England and Wales has dropped by nearly a quarter, the Home Office has announced. An average of less than one - or 0.72 - arrests were made per match, according to the Home Office figures that were gathered for the first time by the Office for National Statistics.

Tough banning orders have been used since 2000 to tackle football violence and disorder, which once scarred the sport and saw hooliganism termed “the English disease”. Banning orders, which are time-limited, dropped to 2,750 from 3,173. There were 500 new banning orders imposed during last season.

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