Four teenage Burnley fans received bans

Four Burnley fans over 50 and two teenage Clarets supporters are among 11 people in those age groups banned from football in Lancashire over the past three years.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 4:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:16 pm

The figures, obtained by the Press Association, have been published after dozens of England fans - including a 16-year-old - were arrested in the first week of Euro 2016 in France.

In Lancashire the youngest supporter to be banned was 16 and the oldest was 64.

The figures suggest football hooliganism still holds an appeal for teenagers, with stories emerging of youngsters getting “casual” clothing labels sewn into their school uniforms, while others pose on social media trying to look hard.

The statistics reveal more than 100 under 18s received an FBO in the three years up to March although not every police force responded to the Freedom of Information request.

A 12-year-old was banned for throwing missiles and abusing other fans following disorder in Newcastle city centre after the Magpies were beaten 3-0 at home by rivals Sunderland in April 2013.

Northumbria Police has reported that it has since visited schools to warn pupils that even being verbally abusive at matches could get them banned from following their teams.

There has been a similar approach in Bury, where a small number of young fans of the League One club have been causing trouble.

However, Greater Manchester Police, which looks after Manchester United and City as well as rivals in lower leagues such as Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan, has no under 18s on a ban.

The figures also showed a there were more than 120 banning orders on the over 50s, including a 60-year-old Arsenal fan and a man of 64 in the Lancashire Police area, who have been banned from attending games in the last three years.