Clubs Could Be Hit With Higher Policing Costs

English Football clubs could face a rise in policing costs after claims that some matches result in disorder and crime beyond the stadium and surrounding areas.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) say research commissioned by them concluded that trouble on match days could be attributed to football.

Football clubs are currently responsible for the costs of policing in and around stadiums, and it is feared that any further demands could lead to conflict with the football authorities.

The Football League has argued that fans already pay taxes to cover police costs and should not be forced to pay twice for policing: "Costs incurred away from the ground that are deemed necessary are covered by the state - it's what people pay their taxes for."

The statement was released in conjunction with the Premier League and it highlighted the fact that clubs have already invested heavily in stadia, CCTV and stewarding to ensure public safety over the past 15 years.