TOP football clubs are paying a fraction of the cost for policing match days, figures show.
Mega-rich Premier League clubs including Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham leave taxpayers to pick up the bulk of the bill.
2 Top Premier League football clubs are paying a mere fraction of the cost for policing match days, figures have revealed
Documents show operations involving 26,774 officers in the capital cost £10.6million last season.
That figure is for all of London’s football clubs in the four main divisions — as well as for Wembley Stadium. But the clubs only paid £682,197.
Police can only charge for cop costs in stadia or land owned by the clubs.
But several clubs said they have made extra contributions to the police, employ hundreds of people and are a major boost for the local economy on match days.
2 Documents show operations involving 26,774 officers in the capital cost £10.6million last seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The breakdown shows Arsenal games cost almost £1.1million but the club were only liable for £55,000. Costs for Spurs totalled nearly £1.4million and they paid £125,000.
Chelsea paid £178,000 towards their £1.3million bill. West Ham paid nearly £42,000 out of £747,000 — but say they have invested £13million into the nearby area.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were charged £625,000 and Manchester City £595,000 by Greater Manchester Police.
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Labour MP Chris Evans called for a “more balanced approach” bet-ween police and football authorities.
Chelsea said: “We require minimal police assistance for potential crime and disorder issues on our property.” Arsenal said: “All agreed costs are paid in full.” Spurs said: “The price paid is in line with the level of policing provided.”
Guards for Premier League stars
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PREMIER League footballers are installing panic rooms in their homes and paying bodyguards to take their kids to school in armoured cars, we can reveal.
One player, an England star, even has a former SAS soldier sleeping at the bottom of his garden to protect his family.
It comes after the attack on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Saed Kolasinac by an armed gang.
A source helping protect high-profile players said: “The view among players is it is only a matter of time before a player or a member of their family is seriously hurt or even killed.”
Around 40 footballers are currently paying security firms for their protection services.