Criminal behavior is becoming increasingly common at football matches in England and Wales. The British Home Office published corresponding figures on Thursday. These are alarming. According to this, the number of reported disruptions during football games has increased by 60 percent compared to the last full season before the coronavirus pandemic. The number of square storms even increased significantly by 127 percent.
Last season, 2,198 people were arrested in connection with football matches. This corresponds to an increase of 59 percent and the highest number since the 2013/14 season. There were disruptions in more than half of the games, 1609 out of 3019 games. Hate crime incidents were reported in 384 games – a 99 percent increase.
The Premier League announced on Wednesday that fans who rush onto the field and detonate smoke bombs and pyrotechnics will be automatically banned from the stadium for at least a year by clubs. Spectators ran onto the pitch in 441 games last season.
In Germany, too, the fear of more and more violence at football games is increasing. Crossing borders would increase. In addition, according to the deputy federal chairman of the police union, Michael Mertens, the clubs are withdrawing and would do little against violent fans. He reports this to the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger.” Mertens even issued a drastic warning. If something doesn’t change soon, there would be deaths.
The increasing willingness to use violence was particularly evident in international games played by German clubs. Both the 1-1 draw of 1. FC Köln in Nice and Frankfurt’s 10th victory in the Europa League resulted in fan riots. In Nice, 32 people were injured. During the game in Marseille, a fan fell and seriously injured his spine. The deputy federal chairman of the police union therefore spoke out in favor of a lifelong stadium ban for perpetrators.