Policing football matches in London costs Met £6.7m


Police on horses line up outside the stadium prior to kick off during the match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart LaneImage copyright
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Football clubs can only be charged for policing inside stadiums or on their land

Policing football matches in London cost the Met Police nearly £6.7m during the 2016/17 season, it has been revealed.

The force spent £7.1m covering professional football matches but was only able to recover 5.1% of the costs.

Labour London Assembly member Andrew Dismore, who obtained the figures, called it a “farce” and said clubs should cover more of the costs.

The force, the Home Office and the FA have been contacted for comment.

Mr Dismore said the force “have more important things to spend their budget on”.

“London taxpayers should not have to spend another penny on subsidising some of the richest organisations in the world,” he added.

Football clubs can only be charged for policing inside stadiums or on their land, so the Met must cover costs such as managing travelling supporters or maintaining order outside grounds.

The force only recovered £361,000 from London football clubs, the figures released by City Hall reveal.

City Hall said clubs were being paid the full amount allowed under current legislation but the mayor and the Met were lobbying the government to cover more of the costs.



Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40768771

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