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14/01/03
Police Consider Football Shake Down
- Met consultants favour increased charges for capital's clubs

LONDON football clubs face financial disaster after it emerged the Metropolitan Police were considering to increase dramatically the prices it charges for providing security at games.

The Met can quote figures provided by consultants Accenture to back up its claim - such as one that shows it costs UKP15,000 to police an average Chelsea game for which the club pay UKP397 - but opponents of the new move will be quick to point out that it is the police itself which advises on how many officers are needed.

In other words, it could become a financial incentive for the police to provide extra numbers at matches, regardless of whether or not they were needed.

"I want to see clubs start picking up some of the millions they cost ordinary Londoners," said a police authority source.

It remains to be seen whether the Met will decide to charge Oxford Street stores money for chasing shoplifters, or whether little old ladies will be hit with a new charge for carrying handbags which encourage street theft and thus 'cost ordinary Londoners millions.'




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