Bring football in line with other sports

icon beer8 November ~ A petition has been launched proposing that laws preventing fans from drinking alcohol in view of a football pitch be amended. The petition suggests that the current Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985 is outdated, and calls for football to be brought into line with other sports. It also points out that the law is discriminatory against football fans and gives an unfair competitive advantage to other sports clubs when selling hospitality and sponsorship packages. It is legal to drink alcohol while watching rugby, for example, but not football – even when they take place in the same stadium. The petition calls for decisions on licensing to be taken by local authorities rather than imposing a blanket ban. The petition can be signed here, while the Football Supporters’ Federation have more information here.

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