Sport News: Fans To Be Allowed To Drink Alcohol during matches For The First Time

Lifting football’s 36-year ban on drinking alcohol while watching matches will be among the key recommendations of a fan-led review next month.

Football fans will soon be able to drink alcohol in their seats for the first time in 36 years.

This is one of many changes to the matchday experience that are being recommended by Tracey Crouch MP, whose independent report on the matter is set to be published next month.

Lifting football’s 36-year ban on drinking alcohol while watching matches will be among the key recommendations of a fan-led review next month.

Tracey Crouch MP is set to publish her independent review, which will push for a pilot on serving alcohol at clubs in the National League and League Two with a view to extending it across the professional game.

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According to The Times, the review will call for a pilot scheme allowing alcohol to be drank in stadium seats for clubs in the National League and League Two. Should that trial be a success, the review hopes the initiative can be rolled out to all levels of the professional game, including the Premier League.

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Football fans were banned from consuming alcohol within sight of the pitch in 1985 due to hooliganism. However, fans of other sports, such as cricket and rugby, can still drink in their seat, with Crouch quoted as saying ‘our view on alcohol and football is outdated’.

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The review has also called for the government to eradicate betting companies’ involvement with the beautiful game. It’s understood that the latter are keen to do so, with gambling sponsors on shirts and stadium billboards expected to be banned. Regulations on betting adverts on TV and radio are also being considered.

One EFL side have already taken such a step. On Wednesday, League 1 Bolton Wanderers severed all ties with betting companies, with the club’s chair Sharon Brittain keen to do help and not hinder those struggling with this addiction.

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Latest research shows that there are between 340,000 and 1.4 million adult gambling addicts in the UK and over 60,000 young people aged between 11 and 16 are addicted. We as an industry must do more.”

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