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An ethnography of English football fansCans, cops and carnivals$
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Geoff Pearson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087219.001.0001

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Alcohol and the Effectiveness of Alcohol Controls

Alcohol and the Effectiveness of Alcohol Controls

(p.133) 6 Alcohol and the Effectiveness of Alcohol Controls
An ethnography of English football fans

Geoff Pearson

Manchester University Press

This chapter identities the central importance of alcohol (usually beer) consumption to the carnival fan groups. It considers drug use but does not consider this to be a key driving force for football fan behaviour in the way that alcohol is. It investigates the link between social alcohol consumption and disorder and looks at how the authorities have tried to restrict access to alcohol at and around matches. It looks at the impact of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985, early kick-off times and alcohol prohibitions on transport to matches and in city centres during European away matches. It concludes that for carnival fans such restrictions do not reduce alcohol consumption on match-days but may result in an increased risk of public disorder as a result of the ways in which fan groups resist them.

Keywords:   Football, Fan, Alcohol, Regulation, Disorder, Policing

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