Scores of football fans arrested during season

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A total of 95 Sheffield United and Wednesday football supporters were arrested at matches last season, new figures show.

The statistics were released by the Home Office, and also show the number of fans who have been banned from attending matches.

Some 54 Blades fans and 41 Owls supporters were arrested at games last season.

Offences included public disorder, alcohol-related disorder, violent disorder, racist chanting, pitch invasion, throwing fireworks or flares, breaching of banning orders and damage to property.

The clubs’ supporters also ranked badly in league tables of shame, showing the number of fans who have been banned from matches following prosecution.

The tables show the number of football banning orders given to supporters at clubs throughout the UK during the 2013-14 season.

In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday fans received the fifth highest number of orders, with 35 supporters banned from attending matches.

The club was ranked behind Cardiff City with 93 orders, Millwall with 72, Leeds United with 52, and Huddersfield Town with 42.

A total of 30 Sheffield United supporters were slapped with banning orders during the 2013-14 season - putting the club in fifth place in League One.

Chesterfield were fourth with 34.

Top were Bristol City fans with 61 orders, followed by Bradford City with 56 and Scunthorpe with 35.

Football banning orders aim to block troublemakers from travelling to football matches, at home and abroad, and are issued by courts.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the number of orders issued over the last year was ‘testament to commitment from both police and football clubs that we will not tolerate a minority spoiling it for the majority’.

“We encourage everyone to enjoy football matches in our county but if people are intent on causing disorder they run the risk of being banned,” she added.