Black Cats near top of pile - for arrests.
Byline: David Dubas Fisher Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia
SUNDERLAND were near the top of the league of shame for football-related arrest.
Black Cats fans were arrested 72 times in 2014-15 according to the latest figures released by the Home Office.
The most common cause of those arrests was public disorder with 28 in total.
There were also 20 arrests for alcohol offences, four violent disorder arrests and 10 arrests for pitch incursions.
Of the 72 arrests, 38 fans were arrested at the Stadium of Light while 34 were arrested at away grounds.
Newcastle saw 57 fans arrested - 28 at St James's Park and 29 away from home.
It leaves Sunderland joint second in the arrest league among Premier League teams, behind Manchester United (85 arrests) and level with Aston Villa.
Chelsea fans were arrested 65 times in 2014-15.
The west London club had the highest number of arrests at home games in the football league - 46.
There were 57 arrests of Newcastle fans and 56 arrests of Leicester City fans. Southampton and Crystal Palace fans had the fewest arrests in the Premier League last season with just 10 each.
Nationally, Leeds United had the highest number of football-related arrests last season.
Fans of the Championship side were arrested 99 times, with 71 of those coming at away matches.
Manchester United had the second highest number of arrests nationally followed by Wolverhampton Wanderers (73), Aston Villa, Sunderland and Chelsea.
Nationally the number of football-related arrests was down compared to last season.
There were a total of 1,873 arrests made last season, 400 (18 per cent) fewer than in 2013-14.
The figures include arrests made by the British Transport Police and do not take crowd sizes into account.
Police activity at the Stadium of Light for the Wear Tyne derby. Sunderland were joint second for arrests among top-flight teams last term