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Huge drop in number of Cardiff fans given bans.

Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO Head of Sport paul.abbandonato@walesonline.co.uk

THE number of new football banning orders issued to Cardiff City fans dropped last season, while arrests were down too.

The figures have been revealed in data released by the Home Office to the Echo.

The police stats show Bluebirds supporters were issued with just one new banning order last season - significantly down from the 10 new ones that they received the previous year.

On arrests, Cardiff fans had their collars felt 14 times during 2016-17, down from 16 the season before. Of those arrests, only one was at Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff 's hierarchy have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to try to rid the club of its past reputation.

The banning order figure demonstrates how those efforts are paying off. Wolves fans received the most new banning orders with 32. They are followed by West Ham with 30, Manchester United with 24 and Barnsley on 22. Football banning orders are preventative measures issued by the courts either after a conviction for a football offence, or following complaint by a local police force, British Transport Police, or the Crown Prosecution Service.

A total of 517 new football banning orders were issued last season, down from the 542 which were issued the previous year (2015-16).

A total of 1,638 football arrests were made last season. That represents a 14 per cent drop from the previous season when 1,895 were made. Birmingham City fans were the most arrested with 72 in total. West Ham fans had their collars felt 67 times, Leeds fans 61 and Aston Villa 52.

Just 45% of the arrest figures supplied by the Home Office were of home fans.

A Cardiff City spokesman said: "The matchday environment and the security and welfare of our supporters continues to be of paramount important to us.

"As a club, we are committed to ensuring that any anti-social behaviour is eradicated and encourage any supporters who witness concerning behaviour - either physical or verbal - to report it to their nearest steward or a member of staff."

Clubs with 10 or more new banning orders | | Wolverhampton Wanderers: 32 | | West Ham United: 30 | | Manchester United: 24 | | Barnsley: 22 | | Grimsby Town: 20 | | Birmingham City: 18 | | Bristol City: 17 | | Everton: 17 | | Millwall: 15 | | Southend United: 14 | | Derby County: 13 | | Hull City: 13 | | Queens Park Rangers: 13 | | Chelsea: 12 | | Liverpool: 12 | | Aston Villa: 11 | | Mansfield Town: 11 | | Sheffield United: 10

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