The number of Brighton and Hove Albion fans who have been banned from matches

NEW figures reveal the number of ban orders issued to Brighton and Hove Albion fans.

Football bans are imposed on people who commit specific offenses within a stadium, on the way to or from a match, or commit crimes deemed football-related.

If issued, the fan cannot attend a football match within the UK and will have to surrender their pass if a domestic match is played outside the country.

At the end of last season, nine football bans were in force for Brighton and Hove Albion fans.

Of these, seven were issued in the 2021/22 season.

Football-related disruptions have risen across England and Wales.

Football-related arrests rose 59 per cent to 2,198 compared to 2018/19, the last season not disrupted by the pandemic.

This was also the highest number since 2,273 in the 2013/14 season.

And authorities issued a total of 516 new football bans, bringing 1,308 in force by summer 2022.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council for football policing, said: “Clutter is a problem that hasn’t gone away and throughout last season we’ve seen an increase in crime at football matches across the country – from Premier League to the National League.

“After constructive discussions with the Premier League, EFL and FA, we are keen to support our partners to implement their proposals – including the introduction of stadium bans for people entering the pitch as well as those using pyrotechnics.

“Statistics released today show a worrying rise in these crimes, which are extremely dangerous for players, staff and other fans alike.”

The figures also show that there were 24 football-related arrests of Brighton and Hove Albion fans last season – the most since at least the 2014/15 season when the first figures are available.

Last season, the most common offense was a public offence, for which there were 15 arrests.

Nationwide, hate crimes were reported 384 times and drug use 170, both highs.

Home Secretary Jeremy Quin said: “Our football clubs are at the heart of our communities and it is unacceptable that the sport we all love should be marred by a minority of selfish troublemakers.

“The surge in football-related arrests shows the police are taking decisive action to stop this disruption and keep the game fun for fans and families, which I wholeheartedly support.” The number of Brighton and Hove Albion fans who have been banned from matches

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