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Alcohol – Football Fans Travelling to Matches

Comment 20th August 2010

The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985 currently prohibits any football fan travelling in a vehicle designed to carry more than eight passengers from possessing or drinking alcohol whilst travelling to or from a football match.

This legal prohibition on citizens conducting themselves as they wish whilst causing no harm to others in a infringement on the civil liberties of football supporters.  No other group in our society is singled out for such intrusive restrictions.

It is already against the law to be drunk in a public place. The police should simply enforce the law which applies to all citizens, not single out football fans for treatment as potential criminals.

Why does this matter?

Because this law is one of a range of legislation which makes a presumption that all football fans are a potential problem who if given an inch will take a mile. The criminal law has plenty of provisions under which to arrest and prosecute any guilty of drunken misbehaviour.

Why should I be deprived to the right to enjoy my day out in any way I wish, provided I don't do so to the detriment of others?

We need less laws MUCH better enforced.

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