FOOTIE fans can now drink again during the game for the first time in 36 years.
The law banning alcohol on the stands may be abolished as part of an extensive review of sports.
Among the recommendations are test schemes that allow fans to drink alcohol during matches at League 2 and National League clubs.
Ministers welcomed the move, which is part of a fan-led review led by former sports minister Tracey Crouch.
She said “look at the pitch” and “small and limited pilots” on selling alcohol would help clubs struggling to collect extra cash.
“This is about financial sustainability at the bottom of the league. Such a small change will make a big difference,” Klauch added yesterday.
Studies show that the average League 2 club loses about £ 184,000 per season because it can’t sell alcohol to fans watching the game.
A pitch-focused ban on drinking was introduced in 1985 to stop hooligans.
Currently, only non-league sides are allowed to sell alcohol to fans to take the pitch side.
Both the Football Supporters Association and the English Football League support current legislative updates.
Paul Bristow MP said: “Alcohol is sold fine in rugby and cricket.
“Soccer has changed. It’s no longer in the 1980s.
“Selling alcohol can be the boost needed for many of our lower leagues to survive.”
However, Cheshire Police Chief Mark Roberts said:
“There is growing concern about rugby and cricket about the negative impact on the fan experience.
“The timing is strange because it is proposed at a time when there are many worrisome violence incidents in football at all levels.”
Government sources said: But that’s a tricky problem. “
We pay for your story!
Is there a story about The Sun News Desk?
Soccer fans may be allowed to drink during the game as the law prohibiting drinking at the stands may be relaxed.
Source link Soccer fans may be allowed to drink during the game as the law prohibiting drinking at the stands may be relaxed.