The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tom Black­ett

EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey has sug­gested the long-es­tab­lished ban on sup­port­ers drink­ing al­co­hol in the stands should be lifted.

Foot­ball fans in Eng­land and Wales are for­bid­den to drink al­co­hol within view of the pitch un­der laws passed in 1985.

But with hooli­gan­ism no longer a ma­jor prob­lem in English do­mes­tic foot­ball, Har­vey be­lieves it is time to think again.

He said: “To have a blan­ket ban re­main­ing in 2018 is, in our view, dis­pro­por­tion­ate to to­day’s level of risk.

“One of the key is­sues that re­quires fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion is the fact foot­ball is be­ing treated in­con­sis­tently with other sports. The EFL would al­ways re­quest foot­ball is given the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as other sports, so the many law-abid­ing cit­i­zens at­tend­ing matches who wish to be able to drink while posing no threat to pub­lic or­der are able to do so.”

There are no such re­stric­tions on fans of other sports.

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