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Watford have second fewest supporters under banning orders, Home Office statistics reveal
Watford have the second fewest number of football banning orders in the Championship, according to new Home Office statistics.
Just four supporters were under banning orders as of September 20 this year, with two of those being issued after November 10, 2012.
Yeovil Town currently have just one supporter under a banning order, the lowest in the Championship while the highest is Leeds United with 72.
Watford’s total number of arrests did rise last season though. During the 2011/12 campaign, just four Hornets fans were arrested – two at home games and two at away fixtures.
That increased during the 2012/13 season to 21, with two arrests at Vicarage Road and 19 at away matches – 11 of those related to the game at Peterborough United in April.
A breakdown of those figures revealed 12 supporters were arrested for public disorder, two for violent disorder, three for pitch incursion, three for alcohol offences and one for possession of fireworks and flares.
The club with the highest number of arrests in the Championship was Leeds United with a total of 101, while Ipswich Town had the lowest number of arrests in the division last season with four.
The final number of arrests for clubs in the Championship, in all competitions, last season was 841, which is an increase from 619 during the 2011/12 campaign.
The total number of arrests for Premier League clubs during the 2012/13 season was 1,007 with Newcastle United (175), Manchester United (145), Manchester City (95) and Chelsea (92) the teams with the highest totals.
The Premier League club with the fewest number of arrests last season were Reading and Fulham with just nine.
In total there were no arrests at 75 per cent of matches in the Premier League and Football League last season and 58 per cent of all matches that took place were police free.
The total number of arrests in all the top four divisions last season was 1,762, which was a small rise from 1,700 during the 2011/12 season.
The figures, which were released on Wednesday, also show the Championship remains one of the most supported leagues in Europe with a total attendance at matches of 9,662,232 during the last campaign.
The total attendance across all four divisions last season was 29,225,443 which was a small decrease from 29,454,401 during the 2011/12 campaign.
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