Club releases statement on policing

Club releases statement on policing

Port Vale FC have issued an official statement regarding the policing costs of the club’s games.

It follows coverage of a dispute between the club and the police in the Sentinel newspaper and a statement by North Staffordshire Police regarding the club’s position.

The club have released a video statement from chairman Norman Smurthwaite containing their response and it can be viewed above.

Vale argue that:

  • The club does not want to see any “emotional reaction” towards the police by fans
  • The club contests the accuracy of the police statement
  • The change of category for the Doncaster game was not justified by the police intelligence gathered
  • There is confusion over where the club and the police’s responsibilities lie
  • The club make no apologies for challenging the police and the “whole process of policing at Port Vale”