Dispute over Swans policing costs

08 January 2010 12:43
South Wales Police say they are owed over £100,000 by Swansea City for policing football matches at the Liberty Stadium this season.The force said it has not been paid for the home games including the derby against Cardiff which saw a big police presence in and around the ground. [LNB]Police say it is not because the club does not have the money but because it disputes the level of charges. [LNB]Swansea City and the Liberty Stadium declined to comment. [LNB]The level of charges imposed by police for each match vary dependant on the team involved and the policing level due to the potential for crowd trouble. [LNB][LNB] I must stress the non-payment is not a lack of finances by the club, but a dispute over the levels of charging Ch Supt Mark Mathias In a statement Ch Supt Mark Mathias said: "To date, no payments have been made by Swansea City AFC to South Wales Police for the policing of football matches at the Liberty Stadium during the 2009/10 season, the cost of which is in excess of £100,000. [LNB]"Charges are made on a match-by-match basis and we are in discussions with the club to take this agreement forward. [LNB]"Ordinarily, payments should be made after each match, but for a number of reasons this remains flexible. [LNB]"I must stress the non-payment is not a lack of finances by the club, but a dispute over the levels of charging." [LNB]He said discussions would continue with the club and Liberty Stadium to resolve the issue. [LNB]Swansea City said it did not deal directly with policing costs and referred the issue to the Liberty Stadium. [LNB]The stadium management company said it did not wish to comment.

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