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Scotland Yard has revealed the cost of policing football matches in London is close to £8 million pounds a year. The disclosure came as members of the London Assembly questioned officials from the Olympic stadium and West Ham after recent outbreaks of violence at home matches. The club's Chairman, Baroness Brady was asked to pay more towards the cost of policing - an idea she rejected outright.

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Spurs 'keeper Lloris puts contract talks on hold

Hugo Lloris has yet to put pen to paper. Credit: PA

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is willing to put his desire for a new contract on hold in order to concentrate on a vital run of fixtures.

Lloris, a key performer for Spurs, is keen to remain at White Hart Lane beyond the expiry of his current deal in 2019, but the club are unwilling to pay the reported £100,000 per week he wants.

That has left negotiations at a stalemate and the France international wants to put talks on the backburner and focus on two important games this week - a Champions League clash with Monaco followed by a Premier League trip to Chelsea at the weekend.

"There are times during a season when as a player you have to think about yourself and there are times when you have to think about the team - and this is one of those times when it is more important to be focused on the team," he told a number of national newspapers.

"I don't think this is the right moment to talk about my contract, but I want to repeat my commitment is to the club and there is no rush.

"I am under contract until 2019 and I enjoy a great relationship with Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy and, of course, the fans, so there is no need for anybody to worry."

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England and Scotland fans clash ahead of match

Thousands of fans are in London for the England v Scotland game. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

England and Scotland fans have clashed in Trafalgar Square ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley stadium.

Scuffles took place as thousands of football fans descended on the capital ahead of the Armistice Day game.

One fan was reportedly seen with a bloodied leg while at least one other Scottish supporter was taken away by ambulance from the scene.

About 14,000 Tartan Army supporters were expected to flock to London for the sell-out game which kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday.

There had been no arrests as of 4.30pm, the Metropolitan Police said, but there was a considerably increased police presence in the square.


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