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World Cup to ban booze for English

By Chris Lines 14/10/2005 07:28:26 PM Comments (0)

England soccer fans will reportedly be banned from drinking at stadiums during next year's World Cup while supporters from other nations will be free to indulge.

Under the headline 'Zis is War', the English tabloid the Daily Star quoted an unnamed German official confirming England matches will be dry events.

Officially, the decision on which matches will be prevented from having alcohol sales will be decided when fixtures are released in December, with 'high-risk' matches to be declared booze-free.

However the Star claimed the decision had already been made on England games, due to fears over the nation's notoriously violent and drunken travelling fans.

"Games involving England will be classed high risk, so beer won't be served at stadium bars," the unnamed official said.

"We need to keep the tournament trouble free."

Football Supporters Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke said the ban ignored recent good behaviour by England fans at major tournaments.

"Major efforts have been made to crack down on hooligans," Clarke said.

"There was no trouble at all in Euro 2004 and the World Cup in the far east in 2002.

"All this will do is encourage fans to drink away from the grounds and arrive later."

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