Britain’s top football agent says it’s ‘MADNESS’ to let fans drink alcohol in the stands

Britain’s top football agent says it’s ‘MADNESS’ to lift the 36-year ban on allowing fans to drink alcohol in sight of the pitch – after MP Tracey Crouch suggested a pilot project in her review of football

  • MP Tracey Crouch leads the review to bring back drinking in football stands
  • Britain’s top football police officer calls the proposal ‘madness’
  • Cheshire Police Chief Constable Mark Roberts believes the decision to end the 36-year ban on drinking alcohol in the stands was made to win over fans
  • Roberts told sports post no attempt was made to consult with the police


Britain’s top football police officer has described the lifting of a ban on alcohol in stadiums as ‘madness’ and accused the panel proposing it of making no attempt to discuss it with him.

Cheshire Police Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: sports post that including an end to the 36-year ban on alcohol consumption on the pitch appears to be an attempt to gain popularity with supporters through the fan-led review led by Tracey Crouch MP.

He said no attempt was made to consult the police – five months after drunkenness marred the Euro 2020 final and England were forced to play a match behind closed doors.

Crouch’s review has called on the government and the British football police unit, which Roberts heads, to work on the design of a small-scale alcohol pilot in the National League and League Two.

Britain's top police officer, Chief Commissioner Mark Roberts, has labeled the proposal 'madness'.

Football’s top football cop, Chief Constable Mark Roberts (right) has labeled MP Tracey Crouch (left)’s proposal to allow drinking in the bleachers in stadiums as ‘madness’

No alcohol has been consumed in sight of the pitch at matches in England for the past 36 years

No alcohol has been consumed within sight of the pitch at matches in England for the past 36 years

Roberts said: “This appears to have been tagged at the end of the fan-led review to get fans into the favour. It’s, ‘We’ll make you drink.’

“It’s unleashing something designed to make it safer for fans. It may say a lot that the police were not consulted or informed of its recommendations.

“Many would say they don’t want to anyway and wouldn’t welcome fans as they get up during matches to go and buy alcohol.

“It is being proposed at a time when we are seeing a lot of worrying cases of violence in football at all levels, so the timing is bizarre.

Roberts said no attempt was made to consult police - five months after drunkenness marred Euro 2020 final

Roberts said no attempt was made to consult police – five months after drunkenness marred Euro 2020 final

“There seems to be a suggestion that if it works at the lower end of the lower class, it will do so during the game. That’s bizarre.

“There is a clear link between alcohol and bad behaviour, not just in football but in society at large, and in rugby and cricket we see growing concerns about its negative impact on fans’ experiences.

“On Saturday we had reports of a drunk fan vomiting on a boy who was his first rugby match when he went to Wales v Australia with his parents.”

Crouch said in response, “This is a recommendation based entirely on financial sustainability in the lowest parts of the football pyramid.”

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