14:37 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Albion continues to be a safe place to watch footie

Written byROB SMYTH

Burton Albion chairman, Ben Robinson Burton Albion chairman, Ben Robinson

NEW figures have revealed that just four Burton Albion fans were arrested at matches last season.

The Home Office released statistics for all 92 professional clubs in the country, revealings that the Brewers fans were among the best behaved in the whole of League Two.

The document also showed that no supporters from the club were handed banning orders – only one other club in the league, AFC Wimbledon, could match the achievement.

The highest in the league in terms of banning orders was Scunthorpe United with 38.

Brewers club chairman Ben Robinson revealed that ‘great’ co-operation with Staffordshire Police was one of the main reasons trouble at matches had been kept to a minimum.

He said: “We are again pleased with our figures and are glad that our efforts to create a safe environment for fans to come and watch matches is working.

“Our work with Staffordshire Police is key to this success and we long hope that our co-operation with the force will be a success.

“With football becoming much more of a family sport, it is key that we make sure that people feel safe coming along and know that there will not be any trouble.

“During the next 12 months, we will continue to work, including educating people via our community trust, to keep the Pirelli Stadium a safe and crime-free place.”

Out of the four Albion arrests, two were at home matches at the Pirelli Stadium and two were at away games.

Two of the arrests were for public disorder and the others for alcohol related offences.

Only six other teams had a lower total in the league.

There were a total of 29 Rams fans arrested, four at home matches and 23 away. The highest in the Championship was Leeds United with 101 arrests.

In League Two, the highest number of arrests came at Oxford United with 39.

The highest number in the whole country was at Newcastle United with 175 in total.

A total of 32 Derby County fans were handed banning orders during the same period. The highest in the whole country was Cardiff City with 121 banning orders.

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