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Football Costs (9629/19)


Could you please provide details of how much it cost your force to police football matches in the 2018/19 season (between August 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019). Could you please break down the information by match providing for each one:

  • The date
  • The teams involved
  • The amount the match cost the force to police
  • The amount charged to the club
  • The number of officers covering the match
  • The police’s estimate of the attendance, if available


We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police.

However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email, I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document (9629_attachment_01). This email serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the part of the document that has not been released.

Please note: Football clubs are currently only legally obliged to pay for the policing on their “footprint”, usually inside the stadium and surrounding car parks. The provision of “consequential policing” outside a football match, for example at a railway station or in the city centre, is currently the responsibility of the police. This includes any costs of such policing. These costs, except for subsistence, are not separately recorded and are therefore not identified. Policing hours are not, in the main, separately collated and are therefore not separately identifiable


The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (c) (Law enforcement)

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached [9629_PIT_01].