Edinburgh football policing costs not that high

December 18th, 2009 1 Comment »

Under the freedom of information act, my friend requested these figures from Lothian and Borders police:

The following costs were billed to Hibernian Football Club for the following
fixtures:

Celtic 30/8 £6,407.80
Kilmarnock 17/10 £2,718.60
Aberdeen 31/10 £4,899.00

The following costs were billed to Hearts Football Club for the following
fixtures:

Hamilton 26/9 £2,718.60
Falkirk 24/10 £2,718.60
Hibernian 7/11 £6,748.20

Putting aside the question of whether football clubs should have to pay for policing at all, I was always under the impression that policing costs were really high. In reality, they’re simply not. Even in the big games we’re talking around 40p per supporter. Considering the game against Hearts that is mentioned above was, I think, £27 for away fans – it’s not a significant overhead.