United and Chelsea have the worst fans

Last updated at 13:07 08 September 2007

Manchester United, Chelsea and Leeds are the three worst clubs in Britain for rowdy and violent fans, a survey reveals.

Figures in Police Review magazine show supporters of the three clubs were most likely to attack officers or be racially or sexually abusive.

Policing supporters costs £10million a year. The North West, which has 23 league clubs, is the area where cops face the biggest struggle with aggressive fans. There can be just a dozen officers to deal with thousands of fans travelling to a game by train.

Supt Graham Bamford said: "A match between Bolton and Man Utd would be hugely problematic for us as there is a history between these clubs."

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