FIFTEEN Leeds United fans were arrested over football related racism incidents between 2014-15 and 2017-18, more than any other English league club except Manchester United.

The data from the Home Office, which was provided to the Press Association, shows that seven Huddersfield Town supporters and three from Bradford City were also arrested over the same issue in that time period.

The 2018-19 season in England was marred by a series of racism-related incidents and arrests and data for the season just ended is set to be released later this summer.

England's black players suffered abuse during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, while a Tottenham supporter was handed a four-year football ban and a £500 fine for throwing a banana skin towards Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Reacting to the data, a Leeds United spokesperson said: "We have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police and the British Transport Police in recent years, in an effort to reduce the number of arrests involving our supporters at our games in general.

"A Supporter Advisory Board was also set up in 2017 which convenes every four months and welcomes supporters from all walks of life to help the club become more inclusive.

"We believe that we have made great steps towards making improvements - however clearly this is a work in progress and we are committed with the help of the FA, EFL, Kick It Out and police to do anything we can to eradicate this vile issue from the game."