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UK football police official said it was ‘bizarre’ the fan-led review called for a pilot project allowing alcohol to be consumed in sight of the pitch just months after the mess during the Euro 2020 final.

Cheshire Police Chief Constable Mark Roberts also accused the review committee of failing to consult with the police before making their recommendations.

The review called for a small-scale pilot project in the National Vanarama League and Sky Bet League 2 and for the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, the Ministry of Interior and The British Football Police Unit are working closely on the design, implementation and evaluation of the pilot.

However, Police Chief Roberts said in a statement: “While this is obviously a fan-led review, he is making proposals to fundamentally change aspects of football governance, and that says a lot. perhaps a lot about the fact that the police were not consulted or notified of their recommendations.

“There is a clear link between alcohol and bad behavior, not only in football but in society in general, and we are seeing more and more concerns in rugby and cricket about the negative impact on the experiences fans.

“At a time when we are seeing worrying cases of violence in football at all levels, the timing of this proposal seems quite bizarre and if it were to lead to changes in the current legislative approach it would be an irresponsible act which would lead to more violence in our stadiums. “


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