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Tracey Crouch review: Allowing fans to drink in the stands could ‘be a game-changer,’ says Leyton Orient owner

Eyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis believes that selling alcohol in view of the pitch could “be a game-changer” for lower league clubs.

Since 1985, clubs operating in the National League and above have not been able to sell alcohol in view of the pitch.

But that could be about to change.

The government fan-led football governance review, which was released on Wednesday evening, called for a pilot program at the National League and Ligue 2 level to test the sale of alcohol for the ground.

Travis believes it would be a vital boost for clubs like Orient, which are in League Two, and he says the east London club are ready to participate in their test.

“We have been pushing for the alcohol issue to be open because we believe it is a game changer,” he told Standard Sport.

“On the pilot, we are all ready, ready to go. We could do it next week. I’m sure most clubs will see this as a way to generate income.

“I actually think it’s a way to control alcoholism because you just have to watch people swallow two or three pints at halftime.

“I live, work and watch sports in America and, I’m not saying there aren’t problems because there always will be, but it works. It works in other sports. I think we should come back to it.

Travis also praised the proposed ‘stamp duty’ tax on Premier League transfers, which was also recommended as part of the review.

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The system would see 10 percent of fees redistributed down the pyramid to lower league clubs and grassroots football, and Travis believes that could lead to an academy talent boom.


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