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

matches.

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.