Football clubs and their fans in England are n restricted by a draconian law that makes it illegal to consume alcohol within view of the pitch. The law covers all “designated sports grounds”, but is not applied to any other games or events, including rugby or cricket. In music concerts beer conception is promoted, even when they take place in football stadia.
However, it makes an offence of possessing alcohol within view of the pitch during the period of the match and also prohibits the possession of alcohol on the way to matches on football special coaches and trains and makes it an offence to be drunk on them.
The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc) Act 1985 was introduced with the aim of tackling poor fan behavior that had become widespread through the 1970’s and 80’s. But beer was never the problem: a fucked up education system and neglected stadiums were the main causes for violence in English football, as Frank Zappa once said: “A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.”
The neglected stadia and the awful police treatment towards football fans, gave some fans to “behave like an assholes” – beer had only a small part to play in that transformation. .
In modern all-seater stadia, complete with CCTV, family areas and no fences there should be no problem with drinking. The stadia are policed well than ever before, while crowd control is better understood, meaning the law is not only discriminatory against football, it is also out-of-date. The law does not contribute to fan safety and actually encourages binge drinking, as some fans race to consume as much as they can before a game and at half time.
It’s different in Germany. I was at the Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen match today and drank beer throughout. It was perfect. The only problem is: more toilet breaks and then you might miss out on the action. Anyhow, it brings the question: Why beer during the game is OK in Germany but not in England?
Beer makes football more fun. Football is also about having a lot fun.
Oh, and clubs will make a lot more money if they will have permit to sell alcohol.