Beer loving fans of Bayern Munich rejoice! UEFA’s Executive Committee has recently announced plans to sell alcohol beverages at Champions League and Europa League matches, lifting a ban with a decision that has delighted football fans all over the continent. Up until this year, only non-alcoholic beer could be found inside the Allianz Arena.
The alteration in the situation was welcomed by the CEO of the Football Supporters Europe organization, Ronan Evain (AZ):
For a long time, football fans felt they were treated unfairly — to put it mildly — compared to fans of other sports, such as rugby. The kind of sport doesn’t affect whether one behaves good or bad as a fan. Moreover, the alcohol ban did not apply to the VIP areas at football matches, which resulted in a two-tier society in the stadiums. The fans experienced the alcohol ban on alcohol as patronizing act, as there is absolutely no proof or scientific evidence that it had any use or positive impact on on the prevention of football-related disruptions.
Allowing alcohol sales during European matches, however, still also depends on national laws. English clubs are still likely to refrain from adopting to the new stance. And England is also expected to continue to resist selling alcohol during hotly-contested clashes between rivals. However, if you’re a match-going fan who has felt wronged due to the prohibited sale of alcohol for Bayern’s Champions League fixtures, then that tidbit should no longer be a concern.
Oans, zwoa, g’suffa!