Project description

This porject consists of exclusive figures I obtained, using the Freedom of Information Act, showing how much it costs to police football matches – and how much forces recouped from the clubs.

I was able to show a huge disparity in practice, with Manchesters City and United paying Greater Manchester Police nearly £2m during the 2017/18 season – while all London clubs combined paid the Metropolitan Police just £442,091.

My stories sparked huge debate among fans around the country, and it was notable that the BBC followed up with a similar investigation two weeks later.

What makes this project innovative?

The project found how much police forces had recouped from clubs.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The project was widely used by Reach titles and added to the debate about how football funds policing in the UK.

Source and methodology

The data was sourced by a Freedom of Information request to every police force in the UK.

Technologies Used


Project members

David Dubas-Fisher


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