Stoke City fans first for football-related offences in 2018/19 season, while number of hate crimes at matches across England and Wales rose

19 Sep

The Home Office has revealed a drop of 10 per cent in football-related arrests for the 2018/19 season compared to the previous campaign, though hate crimes at matches have risen by 47 per cent.

The latest figures published on Thursday morning showed there were 1,381 football-related arrests in England and Wales last year.

Stoke City fans were the club with the highest number of football-related arrests across 2018/19
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The clubs with the highest number of arrests were Stoke (80), Leeds (49) and Aston Villa (42) according to the data.

Of the 1,381 arrests under Schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989, the most common types of offence were public disorder (38 per cent) and violent disorder (19 per cent).

The number of new football banning orders in force during 2018/19 increased by 19 per cent compared to the previous season.

Just under a third (31 per cent) of the total banning orders in force at August 1, 2019 were issued during the 2018/19 campaign, which for the purposes of the data covered the period August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

There were 1,771 football banning orders in force on August 1, 2019, a decrease of three per cent compared to the same date in 2018, when 1,822 were in force.

The duration of a banning order can range from a minimum of three years up to a maximum of 10 years.

Stoke supporters were issued the highest number of new banning orders during the 2018/19 season with 46.

Their Staffordshire neighbours Port Vale were second on the list with 31.

Newcastle have the most banning orders in force overall at 71, eight fewer than in the previous season.

The statistics are supplied by the 43 police forces in England and Wales and British Transport Police (BTP) to the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit (UKFPU).

In addition to the 1,381 football-related arrests, a further 155 were made by BTP and there were 347 ‘other’ arrests at football matches which did not fall under Schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act.

Supporters of Premier League sides Sheffield United (41), Manchester City (39) and Manchester United (36) were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the football-related arrests statistics for 2018/19.

Stoke statement

The Championship side explained they are working to help rid the game of anti-social behaviour

“The latest Home Office statistics do not make for pleasant reading, but to provide some context, 62 of the 80 arrests were as a result of anti-social behaviour that occurred both during and after the Checkatrade Trophy fixture against Port Vale in December 2018.

“Of the other 18 arrests, only five of those were made at home fixtures at the bet365 Stadium where, working in partnership with the police and authorities, we are continuing to do everything we can to try and eradicate anti-social behaviour from football.”

However, the number of matches where a hate crime was reported increased from 131 to 193 matches.

Of the 193 games, 79 per cent of the reported hate crime incidents related to race.

The Home Office report stated that some of the increase was likely due to improvements in recording.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chief’s Council Football Policing Lead said: “Home Office statistics show football disorder remains at concerning levels – over the past two seasons, incidents reported are at more than 1,000 fixtures, and worryingly, this is becoming the new normality.

“Interestingly, higher levels of disorder are being seen in the lower leagues, and this could be attributed to the fact there is often a reduced police presence.

“With the absence of police officers to witness and respond, we are reliant on supporters and other agencies to report matters to us, so there could be a lot that goes unreported. There is also a reluctance from the leagues to share safety officer’s reports with us at a national level.

“Notably there are a greater number of arrests made in the lower leagues, despite lower crowds, with four out of the five clubs with the most arrests from the Championship.

“This is also reflected in the fact that Grimsby Town, a League Two club, has the second-highest number of banning orders, rising from 50 to 61 over the past two seasons.

“A lower number of arrests in the Premier League is likely related to the fact these clubs have greater security measures in place, and a police presence at matches.”

DCC Roberts added: “Hate crime is also on the rise, and this reflects some of the high profile incidents reported over the past season.

“The 28 per cent increase in arrests by British Transport Police shows the levels of disorder away from the stadiums.

“We are committed to working with the leagues and clubs to tackle these issues but that will take a sustained focus on security from all concerned.”

Sol Campbell EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal legend opens up over ‘impossible’ Macclesfield Town job and says he is ‘hungry’ for another managerial role

19 Sep

Sol Campbell has revealed to talkSPORT the many reasons behind his departure as Macclesfield Town manager just four games into the new season.

Having waited a long time for his debut managerial role, the former England defender was appointed in charge of the Silkmen in November 2018.

He came in with the team seven points adrift to the foot of League Two and with the club struggling financially, and he performed a minor miracle to keep them in the Football League.

Sol Campbell did a remarkable job to keep Macclesfield in the Football League
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Under his stewardship, Macclesfield collected 31 points from 25 games and dramatically beat relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-1 draw with Cambridge United.

However, he left Moss Rose ‘amicably’ after just eight months as boss back in August, just four games into the new campaign, having battled four winding up orders during his short tenure.

And, having stayed virtually silent since his departure, Campbell has explained why, saying the club’s financial struggles and disorganisation behind the scenes made it ‘impossible’ for him to do his job.

He also confirmed reports that he and assistant Hermann Hreidarsson spent months waiting to be paid by the club, saying they were both practically ‘working for free’.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s James Savundra, he said: “I had a contract in place and did everything in that contract, I kept the team up, I represented the club in a proper way, with style and with hard work.

“I also changed the mentality of the playing side, their attitude towards games, I changed the personnel so the team was competitive and everybody was rocking and rolling in the right way.

“But behind that I had to keep the show going on.

“My family had a place to stay up there that was organised, but I had to pay for all that. I had to pay for my travel up and down and in the last five months I got paid once.

“On top of that, my assistant Hermann Hreidarsson came in for six weeks and his contract was not sorted out. It was verbally agreed but not sorted out – he was basically working for free.

“The wind up orders, the third training ground, software leases were running out, my analyst’s computer was gone, the camera for him to record games and even watch our own games back was far too old.

“In the end you can’t do your job anymore. It was like, what is going on?

“I was trying to do the right things, working hard, trying to keep the team together, I built a better team for less money than the last season and then in end I’m thinking, I’m not being appreciated at any level.”

Campbell says it was ‘impossible’ to do his job to his full potential at Macclesfield Town
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The former boss also said he hopes fans appreciate his commitment to the club, having seen the season through to keep them in the league when other managers might have bailed when the going got tough.

“I put everything into the job, I had to,” he added. “Some other guys just join and leave teams, but I couldn’t do that. I had to see it through, I had to show my mettle.

“Hopefully me sticking around and seeing it out when other managers may have bailed shows my commitment. Macclesfield stayed up and I gave them a better side for this season. I did everything in the contract.

“I would love to be there now, but it just got to the stage where it was impossible.

“We stayed up and it was a great feat what we did together as a squad and I’m really proud of that. Hopefully the fans are happy they’re in the league again.”

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On his future, Campbell made it clear he is ‘hungry’ for another chance in management and is ‘open to offers’ from clubs in England and abroad.

But after his experience at Macclesfield, he insisted he will be scrutinising any interested clubs as much as they might scrutinise him and his suitability for the job.

The two-time Premier League winner with Arsenal said: “I love football. I’m serious about football, it’s not a pastime, it’s all the time for me. I take it deadly seriously. I don’t muck around with football, it’s a serious game and I wasn’t to build another career.

“Even though it wasn’t plain sailing, of course I want to be involved in football. I’m ready now, I’m hungry.

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Arsenal Invincible Campbell is ‘hungry’ for another management job after his baptism of fire at Macclesfield

“Hopefully people have seen what I’m about. Hopefully something will happen and people have seen how I’ve conducted myself and how I’ve been humble and also seen the results, how I rebuilt a broken team and their spirit.

“I’d like to stay in England but I’m willing to take another challenge.

“I’d love to be managing higher, but the most important thing for me is the right club mentality, a club that has itself sorted out top to bottom and is ambitious but also realistic.

“As much as teams will scrutinise me, I have to do the same to them because I don’t want to be in the same scenario as last time.

“I’m open for offers, for sure.”

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Accrington striker Billy Kee undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and bulimia

10 Sep

Billy Kee is undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and bulimia, Accrington Stanley have announced.

The striker has not played during the current campaign and did not report back for pre-season training over the summer due to ‘personal reasons’.

Billy Kee has scored 74 goals in 198 games for Accrington
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The 28-year-old has spoken openly in the past about his struggles and on Tuesday Accrington released a statement explaining his absence.

“Billy Kee would like to thank everyone for their ongoing messages of support as he battles depression, anxiety and bulimia,” said the League One club on their official website.

“The striker has spoken out over the years about his ongoing issues but over the summer he has deteriorated and has been unable to return to play football for the Reds this season.

“He is currently under specialist treatment and the club is doing what it can to support Billy, who has been an integral part of the side both on and off the pitch for a number of years.”

Kee, who started his career at Leicester, rejoined Accrington for a second spell in the summer of 2015 having spent time on loan with Stanley during the 2009/10 season.

Kee’s wife tweeted her thanks for all the messages of support her and her husband have received.

She said: “On behalf of my husband I would personally like to thank everyone for their well wishes and lovely messages to Billy I will pass all these on.

“I will keep you all as updated as I can. Thank you again for your understanding at this difficult time.”

Former England women’s manager Mark Sampson appointed caretaker boss of Stevenage

9 Sep

Stevenage have sacked Dino Maamria as manager and placed former England women’s coach Mark Sampson in caretaker charge.

The League Two side are without a win this season, drawing three and losing four of their opening seven games.

England Women's boss Mark Sampson insists his ‘conscience is clear’ following Eni Aluko’s accusations of bullying and racism
Sampson has been placed in charge for an indefinite period

Maarmia had served as a player, coach and assistant manager at Stevenage before being appointed boss in March 2018.

A statement from the club read: “Following a strong run of results at the end of the 2018/19 season, where Stevenage finished the season in 10th place with six wins from the final seven games, missing the play-offs by one point, the club have not recorded a win so far this season and currently sit 23rd place in League Two.

“Mark Sampson will assume control of the team in a caretaker role, assisted by newly appointed U18 manager Alex Revell, until further notice.”

Maamria failed to lead Stevenage to victory this season

Sampson joined Maamria’s coaching staff in the summer, in his first job since leaving the England role.

The 36-year-old was sacked by the Football Association in September 2017 following the emergence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” in his previous role as manager at Bristol Academy.

He was dismissed one day after England beat Russia 6-0 following a previous safeguarding investigation into his time at Bristol, where he had a six-month relationship with a player aged over 18.

Sampson had also been the focus of bullying and racism claims, first made by Eni Aluko and then Drew Spence.

The FA said the allegations were investigated and Sampson was cleared of any wrongdoing.

But Sampson, who reached a financial settlement with the FA over his dismissal in January of this year, conceded he should have handled the claims differently, saying it would always be a “big regret” and apologising unreservedly to the two players.

Salford City vs Aston Villa U21 LIVE: Exclusive talkSPORT commentary and line-ups for EFL Trophy clash

3 Sep

EFL new boys Salford City host Aston Villa’s Under-21s side tonight in the first match of the Trophy group stages.

Portsmouth won the cup last term, beating Sunderland on penalties in the final and now the lower league tournament is set to begin again.

Salford City face Aston Villa U21 in the EFL Trophy

Salford and the Villa U21s are in Group C of the northern section with Tranmere but Bury have had to drop out following their EFL expulsion.

That means Tranmere will wait to begin their cup campaign and they’ll likely be watching events at Moor Lane this evening.

Salford have drawn four of their first five League Two games this term while Villa, 18th in the Premier League, will be keen to see their youngsters in action.

talkSPORT 2 will have full and exclusive coverage of the cup tie and here’s how you can tune in.

Salford City vs Aston Villa U21: How to listen

The EFL Trophy tie will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, September 3.

Full commentary will be live on talkSPORT 2 with our coverage starting at 6pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Hugh Woozencroft will host our Kick Off show on talkSPORT to keep across the night’s other ties.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Salford City vs Aston Villa U21: Line-ups

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Aston Villa U21: TO FOLLOW


When is the Carabao Cup third round draw? Ball numbers, start time and live stream

28 Aug

The Premier League’s top clubs are set to join this season’s Carabao Cup in the third round.

Manchester City beat Chelsea at Wembley back in February to win the cup last term and are now set to join the competition.

Man City won the Carabao Cup last season

The likes of Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Fulham exited the cup in the second round.

Now Crawley, Colchester and Oxford will be dreaming of landing a glamour tie in the next round.

Carabao Cup draw: Date and start time

The draw for round one of this season’s tournament was held at a Morrisons supermarket early this summer but tonight’s draw will be more traditional.

It will take place on Wednesday, August 28 and will be held pitch-side at Sincil Bank after Lincoln City’s clash with Everton.

It should begin at around 9.45pm but will be later should the match go to penalties.

Carabao Cup draw: TV channel and live stream

The second round clash between the Imps and the Toffees is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event tonight.

The draw will follow immediately afterwards on these channels at the conclusion of the match.
Sky customers can follow it via their app and website or fans can get a NOW TV pass to watch the draw live.

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The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place tonight

Carabao Cup third round draw numbers

Seven ties to be played Wednesday, August 28 – Grimsby Town vs Macclesfield Town to be rescheduled after waterlogged pitch
1 Arsenal
2 Chelsea
3 Liverpool
4 Manchester City
5 Manchester United
6 Tottenham Hotspur
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers
8 Reading
9 Crawley Town
10 West Ham United
11 Oxford United
12 Watford
13 Swansea City / Cambridge United
14 Luton Town
15 Brighton & Hove Albion
16 Colchester United
17 Southampton
18 AFC Bournemouth / Forest Green Rovers
19 Milton Keynes Dons
20 Queens Park Rangers / Portsmouth
21 Aston Villa
22 Lincoln City / Everton
23 Stoke City
24 Sheffield United
25 Rotherham United / Sheffield Wednesday
26 Newcastle United / Leicester City
27 Burton Albion
28 Burnley / Sunderland
29 Nottingham Forest
30 Grimsby Town / Macclesfield Town
31 Preston North End
32 Rochdale

Tony Cascarino praises ‘miracle’ worker Sol Campbell following exit from Macclesfield Town

17 Aug

Tony Cascarino has praised Sol Campbell following his Macclesfield Town exit.

The Arsenal legend left the League Two club by mutual consent after eight months in charge on Thursday.

Campbell will not struggle to get a new managerial job, believes Cascarino
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Campbell, who won two Premier League titles with the Gunners, saved Macclesfield from relegation last season after taking over with the strugglers bottom of the fourth tier.

Despite his on-field success, Macclesfield players have been fighting against unpaid wages over the summer.

Ex-Chelsea ace Cascarino told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast: “Sol could probably do a book on what’s happened in the last year as being manager and going to Macclesfield Town.

“Going down to that level, I’ve always said if you go to that level, be prepared to know as much as you can and employ people around you that know that level brilliantly – that gives you a chance.

“Sol, he was never onto a winner going to Macclesfield Town, especially with their circumstances off the field.


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“To keep them up was pretty much a minor miracle. I’ve lauded Phil Parkinson at Bolton when he got promoted when he was under a [transfer] embargo.

“He went down and he’s still their manager. He’s in a similar situation [to Campbell], imagine coming in here and none of us have been paid and we’re having to do a show.”

A run of just two defeats from Macclesfield’s final 10 games saw the club avoid relegation under Campbell’s guidance.

And his departure could once again threaten the Silkmen’s Football League status.

Cascarino added: “Sol had only lost two of his last 10 games. So when I heard the news midweek, and it was apparently by both parties mutual consent, I was stunned with the circumstances that Sol had thrown himself into.

“He’s a wealthy boy, he would have made a lot of money, he’s given himself a chance to be a manager.

“I can’t imagine going into training every day, keeping the team, trying to bring in new people in the summer, not getting paid and having players at that level, because I’ve been there, players that can’t afford to pay their mortgages, having to deal with no wages.

“Okay, the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association] will step in, [but] I was thinking how tough Sol’s job would have been off the field.”

Sol Campbell leaves Macclesfield after eight months in charge of League Two club

15 Aug

Sol Campbell has parted company with Macclesfield by mutual consent following eight months in charge of the League Two club.

The 44-year-old’s departure comes just two games into the new season, with the Silkmen sitting eighth on three points having beaten Leyton Orient 3-0 on Saturday.

Campbell won eight of his 30 matches in charge of Macclesfield
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He becomes the first manager in any of England’s top four divisions to leave his post this season.

“Macclesfield Town provided me with a great beginning in the managerial side of the game, as well as a fantastic learning curve which I am truly grateful for,” said the former England defender.

“I would like to thank all the players and staff for their support during my time at the Moss Rose and also all the loyal fans, whose belief at the end of last season ultimately played a tangible role in our success.”

More to follow…

Salford City v Leeds LIVE: Full talkSPORT commentary and team news for Carabao Cup clash

13 Aug

EFL new-boys Salford City host Championship giants Leeds United tonight in the Carabao Cup first round.

Salford enjoyed a stunning start to their first ever season in the English Football League, beating Stevenage 2-0 at home in the opening day of the 2019/20 League Two campaign.

They were brought back down to earth on Saturday, being well beaten at Crawley and are now set to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.

Salford City take on Leeds in the first round of the Carabao Cup tonight

The Whites are the favourites to secure automatic promotion this term as they strive to reclaim their Premier League status.

They won 3-1 at Bristol City in their opening league game before conceding a late equaliser against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.

The two sides are at opposite ends of the scale in terms of rank, financial power, history and prestige and it should all add up to a fascinating cup tie this evening.

Salford City v Leeds: How to listen

The Carabao Cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, August 13.

Full commentary from Moor Lane will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up before our live commentary with Ian Danter and Danny Mills.

Ray Stubbs will host our Around the Grounds show on talkSPORT 2 for updates of the night’s other cup ties.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.


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Salford City v Leeds: What has been said?

Salford ace Mani Dieseruvwe can’t wait for the ‘tasty’ cup clash and believes his side can cause a major cup upset.

The 24-year-old striker, born in Leeds, said: “It’s going to be a very tasty match.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it, I was born in Leeds and have spent most of my life there.

“I’ve got a couple of mates that support Leeds, so it’ll be nice to play against them and have a catch-up with them afterwards, but we’ve got nothing to lose, we’ll be looking to cause a shock.”

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds will take on Salford City live on talkSPORT

Salford City v Leeds: Line-ups

Salford City: Neal, Maynard, Pond, Piergianni, Jones, Threlkeld, Towell, Whitehead, Touray, Dieseruvwe, Beesley

Subs: Wiseman, Rooney, Lloyd-McGoldrick, Letheren, Jones, Smith, Gaffney

Leeds: Casilla, Berardi, White, Davis, Alioski, Phillips, Hélder Costa, Shackleton, Klich, Clarke, Nketiah

Subs: Bamford, Dallas, Harrison, Miazek, Gotts, McCalmont, Bogusz

Carabao Cup LIVE: Latest updates including Wimbledon vs MK Dons, West Brom vs Millwall and Charlton vs Forest Green

13 Aug

There’s a bumper night of Carabao Cup action this evening as a host of EFL clubs clash in the first round.

Manchester City won the domestic trophy last season, beating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley.

Carabao Cup quarter-final draw in full: Manchester United face Bristol City, Chelsea host Bournemouth
The Carabao Cup first round will take place tonight

Now the competition is back again and there’s a packed scheduled of 33 games to be battled out tonight.

Portsmouth have already beaten Birmingham to reach the second round while the tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Bury has had to postponed due to the Shakers’ on-going financial crisis.

talkSPORT 2 will be on hand tonight as we go around the grounds keeping you up to date with all the action.

Ray Stubbs will host our Carabao Cup special and take in all the goals as they go in on a busy night while Adrian Clarke will be at West Brom v Millwall.

Over on talkSPORT, Hugh Woozencroft will lead our coverage of Salford City v Leeds with Ian Danter and Danny Mills on commentary duty at Moor Lane.

To tune in to the big night of cup action, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Carabao Cup first round fixtures

Kick-off at 7:45pm unless stated

Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City – played on August 6

Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland

Barnsley vs Carlisle United

Blackburn Rovers vs Oldham Athletic

Blackpool vs Macclesfield Town

Bradford City vs Preston North End

Grimsby Town vs Doncaster Rovers

Huddersfield Town vs Lincoln City

Mansfield Town vs Morecambe

Middlesbrough vs Crewe Alexandra

Nottingham Forest vs Fleetwood Town

Port Vale vs Burton Albion

Rochdale vs Bolton Wanderers

Salford City vs Leeds United – live on talkSPORT

Scunthorpe United vs Derby County

Shrewsbury Town vs Rotherham United

Tranmere Rovers vs Hull City

Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City

AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons

Brentford vs Cambridge United

Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town

Charlton Athletic vs Forest Green Rovers

Colchester United vs Swindon Town

Coventry City vs Exeter City

Gillingham vs Newport County

Luton Town vs Ipswich Town

Oxford United vs Peterborough United

Plymouth Argyle vs Leyton Orient

Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City

Stevenage vs Southend United

Swansea City vs Northampton Town

Walsall vs Crawley Town

Wycombe Wanderers vs Reading

West Bromwich Albion vs Millwall 8pm

Sheffield Wednesday vs Bury – postponed