Lifting of booze ban welcomed
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.”