Dismore welcomes Mayor’s approach to Premier League for clubs to meet the costs of policing football

London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden and Fire Authority member Andrew Dismore AM welcomed London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s letter to the Chief Executive of the Football League, over the cost to Londoners of policing football in the capital. (See letter to Richard Scudamore here)

Mr Dismore has been campaigning on the issue of the cost to the Met, currently running at over £7 million a year of policing football matches, with only 5% of the money recovered from the clubs concerned.

Mr Dismore said:

‘Whilst it is high time the Government changed the law to allow full cost recovery from the mega multi million pound businesses that are the capital’s Premier League clubs, until they do so, the clubs ought to be paying voluntarily.

‘It is a disgrace that clubs like West Ham can cost Londoners over a million pounds in policing costs, yet repay only a measly £33,000.

‘The burden on the Met is equivalent to the cost of 120 police officers.’

ENDS

Notes:

For further information call Andrew Dismore on 07957 625 813. Number not for publication

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