By Joe Ellis

22nd Sep, 2022 | 7:10pm

Everton fans should be worried as Premier League arrest numbers revealed

Fan behaviour in the Premier League has been under scrutiny recently and Everton fans are not exempt from the critical eyes.

Last season’s infamous pitch invasion following the Toffees securing their survival created many memorable memories and images but that contributed to a 127 per cent increase in the act over the course of the 2021-22 campaign, according to The Telegraph.

In an eight-year high for the Premier League, 2,198 fans were arrested at top-flight games in England last season with West Ham leading the way but Everton are much higher on the list than anyone would like.

The Blues are fifth on the list of teams whose fans were arrested last season with 58 mooted detentions which is still much lower than the 96 of the Irons.

But regardless of the exact number, being that high up the list of trouble-makers is not a good look for the Merseyside club, even though they are below both Manchester clubs.

It is tough for the club to rectify this themselves because they need cooperation from the minority of supporters to stop the problems arising at games both inside and outside whatever stadium is being played at on that particular week.

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The FA and the Premier League would be well within their rights to start giving out heavier financial penalties and even sporting ones to teams who regularly cause problems in the stands and that is when things could get extremely problematic for Everton.

If a points deduction was applied to every pitch invasion then this season could be one being played in the Championship rather than the Premier League.

If such punishments do come in then there will have to be a serious conversation within finch Farm about what could be done to stop the minority of fans from ruining the experience for everyone else.