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Soccer policing: British success story

  • AFP, Friday, December 23, 2011 1:41 PM

Soccer-related arrests in England and Wales last season were down nine percent to 3,089, the lowest figure since records began 27 years ago, according to statistics released by Britain's interior ministry. There was an average of just one arrest per match, with no arrests at 70 percent of game.

"Football policing is a real British success story," said crime prevention minister Oliver Eden in a statement. "Where hooliganism was once described as 'the English disease,' we now set an example for others to follow. This year's record low arrest figures follow on from last year's successful World Cup in South Africa, where nobody from this country was arrested."

Eden urged England fans to behave at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Both countries have a recent history of fan violence.

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