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The number of overseas fans visiting Britain to watch top-flight football rose to 800,000 in 2014 and brought in almost £700m, according to research.
Most fans came from the Republic of Ireland (121,000), with Norway (93,000), Sweden (58,000) and the United States (53,000) next.
Old Trafford and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium were the most popular venues, both receiving 109,000 visits each.
Premier League chief Richard Scudamore said the rise was “very encouraging”.
However, football supporters groups said the figures, released by tourism body Visit Britain, underlined concerns they have about the make-up of fans in stadiums, ticket prices and club identity. Read more
London – By Mike McCarthy, North Of England Correspondent
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Some 800,000 overseas visitors went to a football match last year – up by 6% on 2010 – and usually spend more than other tourists.
A new study has found football is playing an increasing role in attracting overseas tourists to Britain. Read more