Sheffield United have the highest number of banned fans in South Yorkshire

Written by Matthew Kefford

Sheffield United have more than twice as many fans banned from attending games than any other South Yorkshire club.  

In December 2019, United had 51 active Football Banning Orders (FBOs), which are issued to prevent individuals from going to matches, usually following a football related conviction.

Doncaster Rovers was the closest South Yorkshire club behind them with 23 FBOs, while Rotherham United had 21, a Freedom of Information Request to South Yorkshire Police revealed.

Barnsley had 17 FBOs, while local rivals Sheffield Wednesday had the lowest number of active banning orders with 16.  There were a total of 128 orders across the five South Yorkshire clubs.  

The figure marks a large increase since October 2017, when The Star revealed United had 32 fans who were served banning orders, second to Barnsley with 44.

Since then, the Blades have finished second in the Championship and have been promoted to the Premier League.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “As a force we work closely with all of our local football clubs to ensure that anti-social behaviour, or violence is dealt with effectively and efficiently.

“Banning orders are a useful deterrent when it comes to dealing with those who persistently cause issues or commit football related offences.” 

Along with other measures like the prohibition of alcohol in stands, they make up a “robust stance towards tackling football related disorder and hooliganism,” according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sheffield United was unavailable for comment.

Written by Matthew Kefford

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