Supporters Direct Press Release: 5th Dec 2014

Supporters Direct Scotland suggest trial period for reintroduction of alcohol to Scottish football

Supporters Direct Scotland is asking decision makers and all relevant parties to consider a trial period for the reintroduction of alcohol in Scottish football stadiums.

Following the inaugural SFA Convention at Hampden Park earlier this week, SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan confirmed that initial discussions have already taken place with Police Scotland regarding lifting the ban on alcohol that has been in place since 1980.

Earlier this year, Supporters Direct Scotland, in association with the SFA, conducted extensive research into supporters’ perceptions of the alcohol ban. 62% of participants in the survey were in favour of lifting the ban, with 72% backing the introduction of a small-scale trial of selling alcohol in Scottish football stadiums.

Andrew Jenkin, Head of Supporters Scotland said: “Although there was a majority in favour of lifting the ban, there are other aspects which should be considered before any decision should be taken regarding the ban on alcohol in Scottish football.

For example, consideration should be taken regarding the varying demographics of match-attending football fans. Our research revealed that the majority of female supporters were opposed to any relaxation of current legislation, as were respondents over the age of sixty.”

Scottish football has made impressive strides in improving its image over the last thirty-five years, with several clubs taking greater responsibility for the health and well-being of their supporters. We encourage those involved in these discussions to consider all relevant factors in any decision made regarding a change to the current restriction on alcohol in Scottish football.

For more information please contact:

Supporters Direct Scotland

Michael Wood: 01786 845 606

About Supporters Direct Scotland

·       Supporters Direct helps fans to set up democratic cooperatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs.

·       SD represents over 200 supporters’ trusts and similar organisations England, Scotland and across Europe, with over 600,000 members.

·       To find out more about the research conducted by Supporters Direct Scotland, please visit ScottishFans.org/research

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