Lift­ing of booze ban wel­comed

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

UEFA’S decision to al­low fans to con­sume al­co­hol at Cham­pi­ons League and Europa League games from the start of the 2018-19 sea­son has been wel­comed by the group Foot­ball Sup­port­ers Europe (FSE).

Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body has amended its reg­u­la­tion that pro­hib­ited the sale and distri­bu­tion of al­co­hol at its matches, with it now be­ing per­mit­ted, sub­ject to na­tional and lo­cal laws.

It means sup­port­ers at such fix­tures will be able to have al­co­hol in the stands in coun­tries where that is al­ready al­lowed at games, such as Ger­many.

In Eng­land, where that is not the case, fans will be able to con­sume al­co­hol in other parts of the sta­dium but not in their seats.

FSE wel­comed Uefa’s decision, with chief executive Ro­nan Evain say­ing: “Sup­port­ers felt that the al­co­hol ban­ning policy was pa­ter­nal­is­tic, as there is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that ban­ning al­co­hol in a sta­dium has any bear­ing what­so­ever on pre­vent­ing foot­ball-re­lated dis­or­der in and around it.”

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