'Football clubs should pay more for policing'
Premier League football clubs should pay more towards the cost of policing their matches, according to London May Sadiq Khan.
He said at present, clubs only pay 5% of the overall bill to keep stadiums safe on matchdays.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Mr Khan has written to Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore, saying the Met was spending almost £7 million a year policing football matches in the capital.
But he said the force recovered less than £350,000 from the clubs.
With five London based clubs playing in the top flight, there is usually more than one major game every weekend during the football season.
In his letter, Mr Khan said: "London is the greatest city for watching football. Fans come from across the city, across the country and across the globe to enjoy the London matchday experience.
"The foundation of London's success - including that of its football clubs - is safety. Thanks to many years of hard work between the Metropolitan Police Service and football clubs, fans have confidence that matches in London will be safe for them and their families to attend.
"That safety comes at a cost, and at a time when policing is so stretched, Londoners - myself included - are greatly concerned that the Met recoups so little of that cost from clubs, including those in the wealthiest football league in the world."