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EPL: Football disorder reaches eight-year high

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Last season, there were more arrests and reported cases of unrest at football games in England and Wales than at any time in the previous eight years.

According to Home Office statistics, there were 2,198 football-related arrests, which is the most since the 2013–14 season.

After a year of Covid-19 restrictions, capacity attendance returned for the 2021–22 campaign.

Players were approached following pitch invasions during the turmoil from the previous season.

After Nottingham Forest’s play-off encounter against the Blades, a supporter ran onto the field and headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp. The fan was arrested and sentenced to jail.

Aston Villa goalie Robin Olsen was harassed by a Manchester City fan who ran onto the field during the final game at the Etihad Stadium. The man was given a four-year football ban. There were 441 pitch invasions reported last season – up by 127% on 2018-19.

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