Chesterfield FC hits back after banning order figures are revealed

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Spireites chiefs have hit back after Government figures showed Chesterfield FC received the second highest number of supporter banning orders last season in England and Wales.

There were 22 banning orders imposed on supporters of the League One side in the 2013-14 season, Home Office data revealed.

Newcastle United fans received the highest number of banning orders – 95. League Two side Shrewsbury Town came third, with 21 bans issued to its supporters.

John Croot, chairman of the Spireites Supporters’ Club, said: “Chesterfield FC doesn’t have a history of crowd problems. A lot of work is done in the community to engage with fans on a regular basis and I believe it is very much a family club.”

Football banning orders aim to block potential troublemakers from travelling to matches – both at home and abroad – and are issued by the courts following a conviction for an offence or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

The total number of football banning orders decreased by seven per cent.

In December, 17 Chesterfield FC supporters were fined and banned from games.

The fans admitted disorderly behaviour during a fracas at Chesterfield FC’s 0-1 home match defeat against Mansfield on September 28 last year.