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Fans' behaviour praised

14 October 2013

Low number of arrests at Madejski Stadium

Royals supporters were praised for their outstanding behaviour after the Home Office released new data on English football fans.

Just nine Reading supporters were arrested at football fixtures throughout the whole of the 2012/13 Premier League season. Only one of those arrests took place at the family friendly Madejski Stadium, the others were at away grounds.

Four of those arrests were for drunk and disorderly, the others were for various public order acts and one was for drinking whilst in view of a football pitch.

To add to those Reading supporter statistics, there were only ten arrests in total (home and away fans) at Madejski Stadium in 2012/13.

A Reading Football Club spokesperson said, “We are delighted to boast such an excellent record at Reading and full credit should go to our supporters and their exemplary behaviour throughout the 2012/13 season and beyond. We feel privileged to work with a supporter base who continue to help us excel as a club with a fantastic family-oriented reputation.

"And praise should also go to our team of matchday stewards, who we personally recruit and train to ensure we maintain our high standards in and around the ground and that the same familiar faces are greeting our fans at every home match.

“We also have a very good record with both home and away supporters at Madejski Stadium and we pride ourselves on our welcoming approach to visiting fans who come from far and wide to enjoy the Madejski Stadium atmosphere and sample the club’s hospitality each week.

"From kitting out our away concourse staff in opposing team colours, to special matchday competitions run solely for young visiting supporters, we always aim to go the extra mile in making away fans feel at home when they come to Madejski Stadium, and these figures reinforce our opinion that these measures make a difference in promoting a positive atmosphere.”

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