Newcastle fans given highest number of banning orders – five times more than Sunderland supporters

Newcastle fans arrive at the Stadium of Light on derby day.

Newcastle fans arrive at the Stadium of Light on derby day.

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NEWCASTLE United have topped a league of shame with the highest number of fans receiving banning orders last season in England and Wales.

There were 95 banning orders imposed on supporters of the St James’s Park club last season, Home Office data revealed.

In the Premier League, Sunderland came second on the list, but received just 18 banning orders.

Newcastle now has a total of 127 banning orders against fans to Sunderland’s 40.

More than 100 fans were arrested after trouble following the Tyne-Wear derby in April 2013, when fans rioted in Newcastle.

Over the past year 90 people have been found guilty by the courts of and 86 have received banning orders.

The overall number of football banning orders fell by 7 per cent to 2,273 as at September 3 2014, from 2,451 on September 20 2013 and is the lowest on record.

This represents 678 new banning orders imposed during the period, on top of those already in place.

In the Premier League, Manchester United supporters saw the highest number of arrests – 112 – in the 2013/14 season.

Sunderland saw 62 arrests – the fourth highest in the league. Newcastle saw 50 arrests.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “Many people in the north east are passionate about football and turn out to support their team every week. The vast majority of the tens of thousands of fans are well behaved and act responsibly at matches.

“Unfortunately, there are a small minority of people who engage in football-related violence and disorder and they are in no way reflective of the behaviour of true football fans.

“There’s no place for any kind of disorder in our communities. When any kind of violence takes place we will do everything possible to make sure those suspected of being involved are traced to ensure the safety of genuine supporters attending the games.”

“We’ll continue to work closely with the football clubs and supporters’ groups to ensure everyone enjoys football matches for the great occasions that they are.”

In the Premier League, Manchester United supporters saw the highest number of arrests – 112 – in the 2013/14 season.

Sunderland saw 62 arrests – the fourth highest in the league. Newcastle saw 50 arrests.