Police right to charge football club for security
An administrative court in Gothenburg decided today that it was right for police to charge Örgryte football club for security in a game they played against Hammarby last summer.
This was the first time that police sent the bill to the football club after a match. They did so, arguing that Örgryte Football AB is a registered company and that they therefore could be treated as a commercial body. The court deemed that games in the higher leagues comprise "exonomic activities" to such an extent that you could consider that the games were arrange to make a profit.
But the club claimed that the company is running the football for a non-profit organisation and that it should be treated as such.
The bill, for a game that cannot be considered needing a large security operation, amounted to 1250 US dollars. This was later re-negotiated to just over 300 US dollars. But it the principle, and the prospect that this could run into much higher sums when it comes to local derby's that have upset the clubs.