A POLICE crackdown on people carrying drugs at football matches has led to nearly 100 Fulham and Chelsea fans being stopped and searched.
Four people were arrested on four different occasions as a result of Operation Krypto, and 33 of those searched had cannabis seized.
But supporters last week criticised the approach as heavy-handed and claimed resources would be better directed elsewhere.
The operation involved using sniffer dogs at Craven Cottage and Stamford Bridge, with police and drug workers taking aside supporters thought to have drugs on them.
One third of those stopped were carrying cannabis.
Police this week hailed the Home Office-funded operation a success.
But John Aitken, of Fulham Supporters' Club, said: "It's a bizarre thing to do when they don't have enough resources to manage people inside the ground.
"I didn't realise there was a problem with drugs at matches. All the toilets are busy public toilets, so it's not like people are going to be doing cocaine, and you can't smoke in the ground.
"If they chose to visit the pubs on a Friday or Saturday night, I'm sure a much higher percentage of people would have drugs on them than at a football match."
He said the vast majority of fans were law-abiding and had no interest in taking drugs.
Peter Trenter, of Chelsea Supporters' Group, said: "They must have had some inside information or some kind of tip-off to do this in the first place, because it seems a bit strange to me.
"I've never witnessed any drug-taking. It sounds like a box-ticking exercise."
A total of 97 fans were stopped at the Fulham and Chelsea grounds. Those caught with cannabis had the drugs seized, and the four arrests included three for possession of class A drugs and one for possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
Detective Sergeant Simon Rogers, from the borough's drug squad, said: "This type of operation will send out a clear message that the police and respective football clubs within this borough will not tolerate drug consumption or supply at football matches."