Fans go barmy over beer ban

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FULL-STRENGTH beer will be banned from pub­lic bars for Shane Warne’s finale —the Box­ing Day Test in Melbourne.

Po­lice and Melbourne Cricket Club say the ban aims to stop drunks ru­in­ing Shane Warne’s cricket send-off in his home­town.

Cricket fans in the outer can choose light or mid­strength drinks, but MCC mem­bers are ex­empt from the ban, with full-strength beer get­ting the ‘‘all clear’’ to flow freely in exclusive mem­bers’ bars. And fa­nat­i­cal cricket fans are fu­ri­ous.

‘‘I can un­der­stand them want­ing to be sen­si­ble, but why is there one rule for one group and one rule for ev­ery­one else?’’ Aus­tralian Fa­natic spokesman Aaron Har­daker told News Lim­ited news­pa­pers.

And ex­pect the Barmy Army to come fully tanked. ‘‘We will go to the pub be­fore the game, at lunchtime and af­ter the game; where there’s a will, there’s a way,’’ Barmy Army founder Dave Pea­cock said.

MCC spokesman Trevor Dohnt said the to­tal ban was in­tro­duced be­cause of the un­prece­dented crowds ex­pected to at­tend the cricket.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s Su­per­in­ten­dent Mick Wil­liams said the mea­sure would re­duce crowd trou­ble.

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