4. Scunthorpe United
Taking fourth place on the list is Scunthorpe United F.C. Although there was only 38 reported arrests last year—and 26 of these were for the arguably less serious offence of “public disorder”—they also had an average match attendance of 3,464. This means 1.09 percent of their fanbase on game day has been arrested. Amazingly, that’s over 1 in 100.
This statistic alone means Scunthorpe United F.C is deserving of a place on the list. But cementing their entry was a pitch invasion that occurred on the last game of the season against Swindon Town. Although they won 3-1, it wasn’t enough to save them from relegation. Nor was it enough in the eyes of the 10 fans arrested for “pitch incursion.”
The incident made the Scunthorpe Telegraph and police had to bring in additional resources to contain the situation, both inside and outside the stadium. A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said, “Police were on duty at the match and additional resources were called in due to the atmosphere within the ground during the game.”