POMPEY fans have been praised by police after football-related crime and disorder plummeted.
Latest Home office figures show 24 fans of the club are subject to football banning orders – down more than 68 per cent from 75 in the 2009/10 season.
Despite two south coast derby games in 2011/12, only 17 Pompey fans were arrested for football-related matters for the entire 2011/12 season.
Of those, nine were at home matches and eight at away games, with the most arrests – eight – being for public disorder.
In total, four football banning orders were imposed on Pompey fans last season.
Superintendent Rick Burrows from Hampshire police said: ‘What’s great to see is Portsmouth fans getting behind the team and the club and making a success of it. With that you get a positive fan feeling.’
Police put the drop – which is reflected nationally – down to factors including a number of banning orders issued to fans after the trouble-fuelled Pompey v Saints games in 2004 running their course.
Supt Burrows added: ‘The decline could be equated to the drops after the more lengthy bans from Op Penalty which was the massive disorder in 2004. National figures also show a decline across the board, a reduction in arrests and banning orders.
‘Portsmouth has been reflecting that national decline. What we have seen this season is a reduction in arrests pro rata over the last 14 home games. It could be around the change in league. Sometimes different leagues have a different likelihood of disorder.
‘League One have got a lot smaller teams and you don’t have the history of disorder.’ COMMENT n PAGE 28