Cost of Policing Old Firm Matches rockets

July 25, 2011

The cost of policing one of the most famous and fierce rivalries in World Sport cost almost $US 4. This is the cost between Glasgow Soccer giants Celtic and Rangers.

Six of the derbies were played last season and the Police were landed the police with a bill of around  $US 3.2. The clubs paid around $ US490, doctor 000.

CIS Insurance Cup Final which was contested by both side at Hampden Park cost Strathclyde Police $US 670, drugs 000

The home side is required by law to pay costs in the stadium. In a regular season this is two matches per home side.

The contrast with regards to other opponents is significant. With the third best team in Scotland the cost of policing is around $ US26, cheap 000 and with Rangers vs Manchester United in the Champions League the cost was just over $ US 40,000.

The biggest expense (nearly half) goes into extra police officers. The rest of the money goes towards match commanders, events room staff and football intelligence teams.