New figures show arrests and banning orders for Oxford United fans

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Oxford United fans at the home game against Portsmouth in February Picture: David Fleming
Oxford United fans at the home game against Portsmouth in February Picture: David Fleming

ONLY one Oxford United fan received a court order stopping them from attending matches last season.

The Home Office has today published figures on banning orders and football-related arrests for the top four divisions and selected other clubs in 2021/22.

Last season, a 26-year-old U’s fan was banned from going to games for three years after he ran on the pitch during the 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in January.

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It means the number of existing banning orders imposed on United supporters has increased to six, with five carried over from previous campaigns.

The figures cover the first full season with fans since 2018/19, after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The number of football-related arrests across the country jumped by 59 per cent compared to 2018/19, the previous campaign with no games behind closed doors.

There were 2,198 arrests in total in 2021/22, the highest since 2013/14, ending a downward trend that started in 2010/11.

Eight U's fans were arrested last season – the same number as 2018/19.

Six were at the Kassam Stadium, with four arrests made for public disorder, one for a pitch invasion and another for ‘alcohol offences/driving under the influence of drink or drugs’.

The latter was also the reason for one of the two United supporters arrested at away games, with the other due to violent disorder.

Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham City had the most banning orders in force last season, with 57, while Millwall were handed the most new orders (33).

Only five Sky Bet League One teams - Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Cheltenham Town, Ipswich Town and MK Dons - did not receive a single banning order in 2021/22.

Multiple banning orders can be imposed on one person, so the amount of orders does not necessarily equate to the number of fans.

A three-year banning order handed to a 25-year-old supporter last month for an attempted assault at the game against Ipswich Town in March will fall under this season’s figures.