Arrest rise but Latics stay among the best

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WIGAN ATHLETIC fans have been ranked among the best behaved in the top divisions according to official figures ... again.

A total of 25 supporters were arrested last season, all but two at fixtures away from the DW Stadium.

This means an increase of seven from the previous season as Latics played more games last year than ever before.

Of the 25 arrests, 11 were for public disorder offences and nine for use or possession of fireworks or flares.

Four were for alcohol offences with the remaining one due to running onto the pitch.

Latics featured on the European arrests table for the first time with three arrests from the three away Europa League fixtures.

A spokesman for the club said: “Although we would only be satisfied if the number was zero, we feel that once again these figures show how well behaved the vast majority of our supporters are.

“Last season was a marathon with fans travelling all over the world and in all but very few occasions their behaviour reflected well on the town and the club.

“We have a duty of care to provide a safe and family friendly environment and will keep working alongside the police and our partners to provide this. We have a zero tolerance approach.”

The Home Office figures reveal four new banning orders were issued to Latics fans, taking the total number currently enforced to 12.

Among Championship clubs, only Yeovil Town (6), Reading (6), Ipswich Town (7), Bournemouth (7) and Brighton (5) achieved single figure arrests. The worst offenders were Leeds United (91), Nottingham Forest (69) and Burnley (65).

In the Championship the number of arrests dropped from 621 in 2012/13 to 561 last season.