Football banning orders: Liverpool had second highest number of fans banned in the 2020-21 season

Home Office data has revealed the number of football fans banned from matches during the 2020-21 season.

Anfield silhouetted against the sky. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty ImagesAnfield silhouetted against the sky. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Anfield silhouetted against the sky. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Premier League side Liverpool ranked second in the list, while League Championship outfit Birmingham City had the most recorded new fans banned from its football matches in the 2020/21 season in England and Wales.

Home Office statistics show Liverpool fans were slapped with 18 banning orders, with all of them going to men.

Nine supporters aged between 18 to 34 were banned, eight in the 35 to 49 bracket were handed an order and one fan in the 50 to 64 age range was also served.

The top three clubs with the highest number of new banning orders are a mixture of Premier League and Football League sides.

The data, published on 14 October, shows Championship club Birmingham top of the pile with 27 banning orders issued and League Two outfit Bolton Wanderers just below Liverpool on 17.

Merseyside’s other Premier League club, Everton, had just one banning order issued during the same period.

The total across all English and Welsh clubs was 208.

What is a banning order?

Banning Orders are a measure imposed by a court following a football-related offence.

It aims to prevent violence or disorder at, or in connection, with regulated football matches.

Banning orders can last for up to 10 years if immediate imprisonment is imposed and must be for at least six years.

If no immediate imprisonment is ordered, the maximum is five years and the minimum three years.

Top 10 clubs with the most fans banned in the 2020-21 season

The 2020/21 season started on 12 September, following a mere seven-week break after the 2019/20 season, which was disrupted by the pandemic.

Many fixtures last season saw no fans in attendance. Fans were only allowed to return to watch live sport in England without any restrictions from 19 July 2021, after social distancing rules were scrapped.

The Premier League has now returned to full stadium capacity when it kicked off on 13 August for the 2021/22 season.

The 10 clubs with the most new banning orders last season are revealed below.