The 2021-2022 season represented the return of the fans after a difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemicsame in which the stadiums were closed to avoid the spread of the virus that had the sports world on edge.
Nevertheless, with the reopening of buildings in England, violence also returned. According to a report by the UK Home Office, arrests, riots and incidents in football in England have reached their highest level in 8 years.
The same report indicates that there were a total of 2,198 soccer-related arrests, the highest number since the 2013/2014 season. Incidents were reported in 53% of the games that were played and there were 441 field invasions, which represents an increase of 127% compared to the 2018/2019 campaign, the last one that had an audience in the stadiums.
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The most notorious incidents
Last season, a man was jailed for hitting Sheffield United player Billy Sharp in the head in a Premier League promotion match, while Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted by a Manchester City fan at the end of the match, as also happened to Patrick Vieira, coach of Crystal Palace, in the Everton field.
In addition, it must be remembered that during the previous UEFA Champions League final, several Liverpool fans overwhelmed the security of the Stade de France, situation that caused the start of the match against Real Madrid to be delayed by 36 minutes.
The UK Home Office also disclosed that 516 people were barred from entering the camps. The clubs most sanctioned due to off-field issues were Milwall, Leicester City and Everton.