The Sentinel newspaper claims that Port Vale FC are involved in a disagreement over policing costs that almost resulted in the game against Doncaster being postponed.
Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis claimed that there were “continued disputes” between the club and police over the force’s risk assessment of matches. However, despite the disagreement, the game against Doncaster will go ahead as planned.
Ellis added that: “In the last few weeks specific intelligence received by Staffordshire Police about the Port Vale versus Doncaster game resulted in a proposal by police to increase the category of risk, something which club owner Mr Smurthwaite has refused to accept and specifically any extra costs. Protracted talks between Port Vale and Staffordshire Police have failed to resolve the issue leading to a further stand off yesterday which threatened the game going ahead.