Football - Police lose appeal

West Yorkshire Police have lost their appeal against the decision that ruled they were not entitled to charge Leeds for policing on land that was not owned or controlled by the club.

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision made by Mr Justice Eady last July and Leeds will now seek repayment of police charges already made from seasons 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, plus legal costs.

West Yorkshire Police changed policy in 2009 and had attempted to charge the club for policing on roads and property surrounding Elland Road which were not owned or controlled by them as well as at the stadium.

"We brought this case in the first instance as it was our view at the time that a significant proportion of the charges imposed upon the club were not lawful and are obviously pleased that the Courts have agreed with us," Leeds' chief executive Shaun Harvey told the club's official website.

"It was a complex issue and one that affects all football clubs to an extent.

"Many clubs have been watching on as interested parties without the need to become directly involved, so we feel as well as taking this matter on for ourselves, we have done all clubs a good service.

"We remain committed to reducing the number of police officers required when we play at home and will continue to work with the police to achieve this."

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