Sunderland fans third in arrest table

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SUNDERLAND AFC fans are third in a football league of shame, it was revealed today.

According to new figures from the Home Office, 126 Black Cats fans were arrested during the 2010/11 season.

Manchester United had the most, with 275, followed by Leeds United with 149

Newcastle United were one spot below SAFC, with 123 fans nicked.

The number of Sunderland supporters arrested last season was up on 2009/10, when the figure was 112, but below 2008/09, when it was 138.

Overall, football-related arrests dropped to a record low last season.

The Home Office said that 3,089 English and Welsh fans were arrested at domestic and international matches, including abroad – 302 fewer than the previous year.

The figure represented less than 0.01 per cent of the 37 million people who attended matches in England and Wales in 2010-11

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: “The service has worked hard with football clubs and football supporters’ associations to ensure that genuine fans can attend games without incident.

“And it’s reassuring that the figures reflect that a very small minority of fans have come to police notice.”

Crime prevention minister Lord Henley said: “This season’s record low arrest figures follow on from last year’s successful World Cup in South Africa, where nobody from this country was arrested.”