Swedish police to charge sports clubs for security
Stockholm police say they will charge the city’s top sports
clubs for the cost of providing security at football and ice hockey
Monday’s decision follows a lengthy discussion about whether the
three biggest Stockholm clubs – AIK, Djurgarden and Hammarby – can
do more to stem hooliganism.
Police said the clubs will be charged 920 kronor ($140) an hour
for each police officer deployed in and around a stadium or hockey
arena. That means a high-risk match like a derby could cost the
club hosting the match around 1 million kronor ($150,000).
The police decision sparked protests from the clubs. AIK said
the charges would force it to spend less on its existing measures
against fan violence.