Leeds United were charged more for policing than all London clubs combined last season.
It cost West Yorkshire Police (WYP) £815,087 to pay for officers at Leeds United matches in 2017/18, exclusive figures reveal.
The club have been invoiced for £572,779 of that total – 70 per cent.
However, London’s biggest clubs were charged just a fraction of that cost.
The Metropolitan Police spent £1.2m covering Tottenham Hotspur games, the most of any club in the capital.
Spurs were invoiced just £61,935 by the Met though – 9.2 times less than Leeds were charged by WYP.
Chelsea were invoiced for £103,802 to go towards the £936,253 cost of covering their games, which works out at 5.5 times less than what Leeds were charged.
Arsenal were charged £123,878 (4.6 times less than Leeds), while West Ham were charged £106,311 (5.4 times less than Leeds).
Under current rules, clubs are only obliged to pay for policing in the stadium and on their land, leading to the taxpayer picking up most of the bill.
Policing that game cost WYP £70,053.
The game against Millwall was the next most expensive (£67,433) followed by Sheffield United (£67,173) and Aston Villa (£66,462).
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