Swedish police to charge sports clubs for security

BY foxsports • October 17, 2011

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.

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