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Huge rise in fan disorder at football matches in England and Wales last season, including 441 pitch invasions

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Everton fans celebrate on the pitch after the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2022.

Everton fans celebrate on the pitch after the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2022.

Everton fans celebrate on the pitch after the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2022.

The shocking extent of criminal and anti-social behaviour at matches in England and Wales last season has been set out in data released by the British Home Office on Thursday.

Reported incidents of disorder at matches in England and Wales were up by 60pc compared to the last full season before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Incidents were reported at 1,609 of the 3,019 matches played in England and Wales over the course of last season – equating to 53pc.

In 2018-19, there were reported incidents at 1,007 matches, equivalent to one third of the games played.

There were 441 pitch invasions reported last season – up by a staggering 127pc on the 2018-19 campaign – and 384 hate crime incidents, an increase of 99pc.

Football-related arrests were up by 59pc to 2,198 – the highest number of arrests since 2,273 were made in the 2013-14 season.

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