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Middlesbrough FC fans praised for good behaviour
FANS of one the North-East’s big three clubs have been praised after newly-released figures revealed that not a single arrest has been made this season.
Middlesbrough FC has released a statement praising the club’s fans but the club has warned against complacency.
A spokesman said there is a “significant risk” that disorder will return if efforts to tackle it are reduced.
The figures, revealed in a Home Office report, underline a downward trend throughout football, with the total number of arrests at professional matches during the 2012-13 season less than 0.01 per cent of the 39 million people attending games. This equates to one arrest for every 14,000 people.
MFC Safety Officer Chris Patzelt said: “So far we’ve played seven games with no arrests and the only ejections are those who have come into the stadium as adults on junior tickets.
“This season it’s likely that we will have more police-free home games than ever before, which is another sign of the progress we’ve made.
“Relocating visiting supporters to the East Stand has helped to improve matters outside the ground at full-time.
“As far as I know so far we’ve had no arrests away from home either and it was pleasing to receive the comments we did after the QPR game, when their safety officer praised our fans for their excellent behaviour throughout the afternoon.”
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