England’s defeat at the hands of Russia and possible failure to qualify for Euro 2008 may have one silver lining: no hooligans rampaging through Austria and Switzerland to show the country up.
According to Home Office figures, arrests for hooliganism are up 8 per cent, with almost 3800 people detained last season – 300 more than the previous year.
The clubs that had most fans arrested were Manchester United (195), Chelsea (135) and Sunderland (119). Clubs that banned most fans were Leeds (118), followed by Cardiff City (114) and Millwall (111).
There’s a gag here about England still being good at their true national sport, but it’s not funny really is it?
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