Football hooliganism figures

Figures detailing offences committed by hooligans involved in football-related crime during the 2011/12 season are released.

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Home Office figures detail football-specific offences

Home Office figures cover football-specific offences include anything from missile throwing in the stadium through to storming on to the pitch.

These are outlined by the Football Spectators Act 1989 and included in police reports to the Football Banning Orders Authority.

Other general offences are also included. Racist or indecent chanting, pitch invasions, missile throwing, ticket touting, violent or public disorder, alcohol offences plus possession of offensive weapons and breaching banning orders were all stated as reasons for arrests last seasons.

In the 2011/12 season there were 1,215 arrests made inside the stadium and 1,148 arrests made outside the grounds from all competitions in England and Wales.

Match attendances topped 37 million and there was one arrest for every 15,782 spectators.

For London figures visit the Home Office website.

How football banning orders work

Football banning orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad.

The Home Office says that of the millions of fans who annually attend football games, only a very small minority actually cause problems.

It says that those that do cause problems are a threat to public safety and to the UK's reputation overseas, so it says it is committed to stopping this behaviour.

Banning orders are issued by the courts following a conviction of a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

For more information visit the Home Office website.

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