The cost of match day policing - who pays?
The recent High Court decision in Leeds United Football Club Ltd v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has provided much needed guidance on whether football clubs or police authorities are legally responsible for the costs of match day policing provided outside stadiums.
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John is a senior associate in the Sports Business Group at Lewis Silkin specialising in contentious, regulatory and disciplinary issues for clubs, agencies, governing bodies and athletes
W J Knowles
As a normal person living in England I do not think that the public should be expected to pay for policing a crowd of football fans, these fans would not have been on the streets ,buses,trains etc if the privately owned football businesses had not been operating on that day. If they can pay out £millions each week on unruly big headed yobs who cannot control themselves on or off the pitch then they can afford to pay to protect the public from the fans who cannot control themselves.