Dunfermline explore police-free games

Dunfermline supporters and Fife Police take pictures of each other
Dunfermline hope to cut policing costs at East End Park this season

Dunfermline are exploring the possibility of doing without a police presence at East End Park as they seek to reduce costs.

The Fife club say they must cut spending by at least £100,000 by the end of the season.

Disappointing attendances on their return to the Scottish Premier League have forced the Pars' board to reassess what they describe as a "very conservative budget".

The average home crowd has been 4,500.

Dunfermline are yet to win in five home games in the SPL, with only two of those matches having been played at 1500 BST on a Saturday.

And a statement from the club reveals that that they stand to lose nearly £500,000 if gate receipts do not pick up from their present level.

Police and stewarding cost the club more than £100,000, while the SPL's mandatory requirement for an Under-19 squad adds £60,000 to the bill along with increased electricity requirements for East End Park.

Dunfermline plan a series of fund-raising initiatives and have appealed to supporters for further suggestions on how revenue can be increased.

Motherwell are among other clubs to have already held games without a police presence, starting last season in matches regarded as lower risk and continuing this term in two out of five league matches.

However, Dunfermline say they cannot move forward with plans for police-free matches if fans continue to flout the no-standing regulations.

They warn that a section of the North Stand will be closed if there is no improvement in conduct.

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