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Ugly side of the beautiful game: how The Met spends millions policing match days

It is the ugly side of the beautiful game. This is what officers face at football matches every week.

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They've come to watch a game but are instead intent making a scene. It's still an hour to kickoff outside Wembley, but officers are being tested, as are tempers.

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When we arrive just a few officers are trying to control a crowd of hundreds of fans, within minutes backup arrives.

Their presence - and fluorescent wall help divide the crowd. Soon one man is arrested but the trouble was much more widespread.

One man was arrested for a public order offence. Clearly there was some incitement. Some people were singing, that's high spirits and that's fine. Others were gesturing and trying to create violence - trying to create a fight.

– Chief Inspector JOSEPH STOKOE, Metropolitan Police

There are 450 officers at Wembley but they have 85,000 supporters to keep safe.

Policing is all about preparation - and they having been planning for this game for months. A team of spotters start the match day with a brief.

It is their job to spot the troublemakers - with the help of video surveillance.

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They travel in teams of nine from the station to the stadium - where the match has been given a category B - medium risk.

Its a very big stadium. It's a big allocation. There are historic rivalries between two clubs. So all those factors are concerns for us. In addition to that, it's a nice, sunny day - a later kick off which gives people longer to drink.

– NEIL McQUEEN, Greater Manchester Police

When they arrive - officers focus on ensuring only one set of supporters are allowed in any single pub.

But at the stadium - it is impossible for police to stop rivals coming into contact. It takes mounted officers to separate and take control of the situation.

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We always say that the horse is equation-wise is worth ten officers on the ground. No force other than the presence of the horse is being used due to the size.

– Inspector SIMON ROOKE, Metropolitan Police

The supporters head inside and onto Wembley's land which the stadium has responsibilty for.

By law, the Met Police has a duty to police public land outside grounds - that's costing them £9.3m a season.

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Those officers could have been policing the boroughs but this is a significant event in a national stadium with 85,000 people attending. It would be an interesting target for terrorists to come and have a look at. We really need to be here. It's not just about policing football supporters it's about providing security and reassurance to them.

– Chief Inspector JOSEPH STOKOE, Metropolitan Police

But by the time the supporters head home the officers say they and their resources are pretty drained.