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Riots and violence increase in English stadiums

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Arrests at football matches in England and Wales last season reached a level unprecedented in the last eight years, according to a study by the British Home Office.

The numbers indicate that field invasions doubled in the 2021-22 season, compared to the seasons before the pandemic.

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In total, counting all divisions, the British police authorities counted 441 matches with invasions of the pitches, a number 127% compared to the 2018-19 season, the last one before the outbreak of the coronavirus and its consequences on social life.

As far as arrests are concerned, last year there were 2,198 occurrences related to football matches, something not seen since the 2013-14 season.

Faced with this wave of incidents, sometimes violent and which also affect other countries, the 20 Premier League clubs unanimously decided this Wednesday that any fan who owns or lights a flare in the stadium, as well as those who invade the pitch, will be banned from attending stadiums for at least one year.

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These measures come into effect from the next round of the Premier League, scheduled for early October, due to the international stop.

Police authorities associate this increase in the number of incidents with the consumption of alcohol and cocaine, as seen in the episodes of the Euro Cup final just over a year ago at Wembley Stadium.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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