Lincoln City football fans top league of shame for arrests and banning orders

Lincoln City football fans have topped the table for the highest number of football related arrests in the Conference Premier last season.

The club had 22 fans arrested between 2014 and 2015, putting them above Chester who had 19 arrests.

Of the Imps fans that were arrested, 20 were at home and two were at away games, with public disorder accounting for 19 of the arrests.

One fan was arrested for invading the pitch and a further two were arrested for breach of their banning order.

As of September 8, the number of Imps fans subject to banning orders was 36, the highest of any club currently in the league and four more than local rivals Grimsby Town.

Bristol Rovers have a total of 54 supporters banned but were promoted from the Conference to League Two at the end of the last season.

Thirteen fans were arrested at the pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers, which saw eight supporters receive banning orders.

The football hooliganism returned in early September, when police were called after violence on High Street following City’s match against Boreham Wood, bringing traffic to a standstill.

A police spokesperson said: “Disorder was actually reduced by 25% on the previous season despite banning orders reaching their highest point for 10 years. This is as a result of partnership work with our local neighbouring forces, British Transport Police and Lincoln City Football Club.

“In the run up to Euro 2016 Lincolnshire Police remain focused on reducing violence/disorder and anti-social behaviour at or in connection with football fixtures at any level within the county.”

Lincoln City FC have been contacted for a response to the figures but did not respond by the time of publication.