Vienna – Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5:23 p.m
Criminal and anti-social behavior is becoming increasingly common at football matches in England and Wales.
This is according to figures released by the British Home Office on Thursday. According to this, the number of reported disruptions during football games has increased by 60 percent compared to the last full season before the coronavirus pandemic. The number of square storms increased particularly significantly – by 127 percent.
2,198 people were arrested in connection with football matches last season. That is an increase of 59 percent and the highest figure since the 2013/14 season. There were disruptions in more than half of the games, 1609 out of 3019 games. Hate crime incidents were reported at 384 games – a 99 percent increase.
Only on Wednesday did the Premier League announce that fans who run onto the field, ignite smoke bombs or pyrotechnics will be automatically banned from the stadium for at least a year by the clubs. Spectators ran onto the pitch in 441 games last season.