UEFA lifts in-stadium booze ban for Champions and Europa Leagues

June 27 – UEFA is lifting its alcohol ban during Champions League and Europa League matches “within the limits permitted under national and local law”.

That means alcohol can in future be taken into the stands in countries where local regulations already allow it, such as Germany, although notably not England and France. In the former fans can drink inside stadiums but cannot take booze to their seats

Ronan Evain, CEO of Football Supporters Europe, a group bringing together fans from some 40 countries, welcomed the move.

“For a long time football supporters have felt unfairly treated compared with fans of other sports like rugby, to say the least,” he said. “It is not the sport you follow that makes you behave better or worse.”

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