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Stoke City Supporters Named Worst In Premier League

stoke city supporters Stoke City Supporters Named Worst In Premier League

If we took a quick poll to find out who you think has been the best and most boisterous supporters during the 2008-2009 Premier League season, Stoke City would win the vote hands-down. The incredible amount of noise and hysteria generated by Stoke City fans at the Britannia Stadium has been wonderful to listen to and watch on television.

Unbelievably, though, the Premier League has named Stoke City supporters the worst behaved fans for last season. In their annual Fair Play League for the Behaviour Of The Public, Stoke were named the worst while Fulham were named the best. Here’s the final table based on behaviour:

  1. Fulham, 316 points
  2. Liverpool, 312
  3. Manchester United, 311
  4. Everton, 308
  5. Hull City, 307
  6. Blackburn Rovers, 307
  7. West Bromwich Albion, 307
  8. Chelsea, 306
  9. Manchester City, 304
  10. Middlesbrough, 303
  11. Arsenal, 303
  12. Bolton Wanderers, 301
  13. Sunderland, 301
  14. Newcastle United, 300
  15. Portsmouth, 299
  16. Tottenham Hotspur, 298
  17. Wigan Athletic, 298
  18. West Ham United, 296
  19. Aston Villa, 293
  20. Stoke City, 291

Yes, Stoke City had hooliganism problems during two games this season — against West Ham United and Middlesbrough, but Aston Villa had an incident earlier this season when the assistant referee was hit by a coin, while Wigan Athletic had hooliganism problems at the JJB Stadium too.

Fulham’s finished in first place for the second year in a row. Chelsea supporters were named the worst behaved in the Premier League last year.

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