The Press Association has released data under a Freedom of Information Request which shows the number of football fans arrested by police where racism was a factor
. In the four seasons from 2014-2015 to 2017-2018, Manchester United supporters were involved in the most arrests where racism was an aggravating factor - 27. Championship clubs Leeds United and Millwall came joint-second with 15 arrests each while Leicester had 14 and Chelsea had 13.
The figures show that there were 75 arrests at football matches in the 2017-18 season where racism was a factor. Manchester United
cited the club's large attendance figures for the arrests, stating that the percentage of supporters who were involved was miniscule. England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been one of the loudest voices against racism in the game and was allegedly targeted during a match against Chelsea last season. In April, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that there was insufficient evidence that the words were racially aggravated.