UEFA have made a major amendment to their rule which will now allow competition teams in both the Champions League and Europa League to sell alcohol.
UEFA had barred the sale of all alcoholic beverages during all its matches since Euro 2000 but now the ban has been lifted.
The clubs though will still have to abide by the local governing laws but that should not pose a big problem as most European countries are pretty lenient about their alcohol laws.
The non-sale of alcohol proved to be a major issue for many clubs given the fact that many teams sell beers and other alcoholic beverages during their league and other domestic games.
The amended article 36 of UEFA’s Safety and Security Regulations reads: “The match organiser may only sell or distribute alcohol within the stadium or its private environs if and within the limits permitted under the national and local law as applicable from time to time.”
Football Supporters Europe CEO Ronan Evain welcomed the decision, saying: “For a long time football supporters have felt unfairly treated in comparison with fans of other sports like rugby, to say the least.
“It is not the sport you follow which makes you behave better or worse.
“Furthermore, the alcohol ban did not apply to VIP areas at football matches, causing a two-class society even within stadia.
“Supporters felt that the alcohol banning policy was paternalistic, as there is absolutely no evidence or research to suggest that banning alcohol in a stadium has any bearing whatsoever on preventing or curtailing football-related disorder in and around it.”
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