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Pints ​​near the pitch could be allowed after government review recommends lower league trial
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he fan-led review of football governance called for the establishment of a series of small pilots where alcohol can be sold on sight of the pitch during matches between National League and National League clubs. League two.

The review, which was released on Wednesday evening, recommends that DCMS, Home Office, UK Football Police Unit and other stakeholders work together on the issue.

They use the example of London club Dulwich Hamlet, which plays in the Southern National League, as an example of the impact of alcohol sales on the incomes of lower teams.

If promoted to the National League, Dulwich Hamlet would not be able to sell alcohol given the pitch as per the Sporting Events (Alcohol Control etc) Act 1985.

Evidence provided by the club under review indicated that it would cost the club around 40 percent of its income and therefore the club could not afford to be promoted.

The comparative figures provided by the EFL of the average expenditure on food and drink per person during rugby matches played in the same stadiums during EFL matches (where the law does not apply) with the revenue obtained during football matches suggest that the legislation costs football clubs around £ 2 per head per match.

If this is predicted for an average League 2 attendance of 4,000 out of 23 home games, around £ 184,000 will be lost per club, or £ 4,416,000 for the division as a whole.

The review calls for the possible modification of the law to be explored “via a small-scale pilot project at the level of Ligue 2 and the National League carefully designed in collaboration with the advice of the police”.

The review adds: “In their testimonies, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) said it would support any steering of alcohol sales at the National League level, but acknowledged that there would be a significant decline in alcohol sales. police on pilots, and all reform existing legislation.


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