Officers patrolling at a match

Mayor appeals to Premier League to do more to support the cost of policing matches

09 August 2017

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has written to the Premier League asking clubs to contribute to the high costs of policing football matches across London.

With the Met Police facing millions in cuts and spending millions still in policing football matches, Mayor Sadiq Khan urges football clubs to 'step up and make a bigger contribution' to ensuring the safety of fans.

In a letter addressed to Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, the Mayor stresses that:

  • The Metropolitan Police Service has already had to save £700m (with another £380m on the horizon) - which could result in a dramatic drop in police numbers and resources
  • The Met spent £6.7m on policing football matches last year, recouping less than 5 per cent of those costs back from clubs
  • The Met and London's football clubs have worked hard together over the years to make sure venues and fans are protected, but the police service needs more support to cover these costs

This support will help make sure that Londoners and visitors alike, can continue to feel safe and enjoy the matchday experience.

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