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Police may charge also non-profit teams

Published onsdag 9 februari 2011 kl 18.39
Police preparing for the game at Gamla Ullevi Stadion in Gothenburg. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/Scanpix

The National Police Board is considering charging also football clubs that are run as non-profit associations for security provided at football matches, the news agency TT reports.

The news comes the day after an administrative court in Gothenburg decided that police was right to charge Örgryte football club for the security provided at a game they played against Hammarby last summer.

Police had argued that since the elite team at Örgryte is run by a company registered at the stock exchange, it was right to charge the team, just as they would send a bill to a company that organises a concert.

After the court ruling, many commentators note the unfairness if this was to apply only to the teams that have chosen to register a company, which not all big football teams have.

But on Wednesday, Thomas Eriksson at the National Police Board told TT that they are considering the possibility of also charging teams that are run as non-profit organisations. He refers to the phrasing of the court ruling, which mentions "economic activity of a certain degree".

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