Albion fans retain good reputation

Posted On 23 Dec 2009 at 12:15 am

Supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion continue to enjoy a reputation for good behaviour.
National statistics for football related arrests and banning orders during the 2008-09 season were released by the Home Office today.
They show that just eight people who attended Brighton and Hove Albion matches were arrested.
Two of those were at home matches and six were at away games.
Of the eight arrests, six were for public order offences, one was for going on to the pitch and one was for an alcohol-related offence.
One of the eight people arrested was subsequently banned from going to football matches.
In the 2007-08 season there were ten arrests.
PC Darren Balkham, Sussex Police football liaison officer said: “The excellent partnership working between Brighton and Hove Albion and Sussex Police, together with the self policing of the supporters through our links with the supporters club, continue to make Withdean a family friendly environment in which to watch football.
“Neither the club nor Sussex Police are complacent and will continue to take positive action if individuals want to use the name of Brighton for their criminal behaviour.
“Anyone who does so faces the prospect of missing seeing Brighton start their new era at the community stadium in Falmer.
“No real fan would want to miss that.”
The full Home Office statistics are available here.

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