Gillingham-Swindon policing row resolved after costs agreed
A row over the cost of policing a football match which threatened to see fans locked out of a potential League Two title decider has been resolved.
Medway Council issued a prohibition notice for Gillingham's game against Swindon Town on Saturday because the cost of policing could not be agreed.
Gillingham FC and Kent Police have now come to an agreement over costs.
Swindon will win promotion with a draw but could secure the title with a win, depending on other results.
Gillingham FC chairman Paul Scally said the club had paid £10,000 "under duress" towards policing the fixture.
"There was never any doubt in my mind from the start that this match would go ahead," he said.
"We purposely haven't spoken to the media between now and the prohibition notice being issued because we've been dealing with our business of getting it resolved."
Mr Scally added that, despite there being some trouble between the two clubs in the 1980s, he did not anticipate any problems at the fixture.Prohibition notice
"We've certainly not had any issues with Swindon for many, many years and frankly I don't see there being any issue on Saturday either."
Because of the row, Medway Council issued a prohibition notice which would have seen fans banned from the match on safety grounds.
Councillor Mike O'Brien, from Medway Council, said Kent Police had informed them that the issue had been resolved.
"Last week, Medway Council was left with no option but to issue a prohibition notice stating that fans could not attend the match until steps were taken to resolve this," he said.
"We did this at the time following advice from Kent Police that they have specific intelligence concerning the match and its fans.
"The council will now contact the club and the police to clarify that this order allows for the match to go ahead this Saturday with fans from both sides attending as long as there are sufficient police in the ground.
"We are pleased that the police and the club have reached a resolution as this is good news for supporters from both sides and means they will be able to attend and watch the game with enough police there to make sure it is safe for all."