Booze ban for Euro finalMay 13th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 13 (ANI): British football fans will be hit by a booze ban during the Champions League final.
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United supporters will not be able to buy alcohol near the Olympic stadium in a bid to stop crowd trouble.
The city’s mayor imposed the ban, despite last season’s final in Moscow between United and arch-rivals Chelsea passing off without incident.
Tens of thousands of fans of United and Spanish giants Barcelona will descend on the Italian capital on May 27.
But Mayor Gianni Alemanno is more worried that Italian hooligans will attack United supporters after assaults on English fans during recent matches in the country.
“There will be an alcohol exclusion zone around the stadium,” said one city source.
“The English fans may not like it but it will be for their own protection. It can be easier to have misunderstandings when you’re drunk,” the source added.
A spokesman for European football’s governing body UEFA said: “Police co-ordination is the key.” (ANI)
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