England Football Fans Face Street Drinking Ban In Ukraine For Euro 2012 Matches

LONDON, England -- England football fans travelling to support their country at Euro 2012 will be banned from drinking in streets or parks during the tournament.

Drunkenness: An England fan hangs on a fountain in Lisbon, Portugal during Euro 2004. Fans behaving like this in Ukraine for this year's tournament could be slapped with instant community service orders.

Strict new rules have been pushed through by Ukrainian officials to prevent mass drunkenness when thousands of supporters flood Donetsk for England's matches next summer.

England will play two matches in the city, their opener against France on June 11 and a concluding Group D encounter with hosts Ukraine eight days later.

Fans who are caught drinking despite the ban will be handed instant community service orders, which could see them forced to tidy cemeteries or clean public toilets.

Sergey Illich, a spokesman for Donetsk city council, told the Daily Star that the measures have been brought in to save time in the courts.

He said: 'These laws will apply to any football fans caught drinking in our streets and parks.

'They will be put to useful work like cleaning garbage or finding homeless dogs.'

The Foreign Office is also warning fans travelling to Ukraine for England's two matches there to beware the country's terrible road safety record.

An FCO spokesman told the Star: 'Local driving standards are poor. Streetlights are weak and road signs are often ignored.'

Ukrainian women's rights campaigners have also warned that the tournament risks increasing sex tourism in the country.

Activists from FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist group, staged a topless pitch invasion at the opening ceremony of the country's Olympiisky National Sports Complex two months ago.

They demanded that UEFA tell football fans that visiting prostitutes during the Euro 2012 tournament was unacceptable.

Source: Mail Online


Anonymous said…
1) How do the Ukrainian authorities plan to prevent public drunkeness of their own citizens which is at epidemic levels and has been for years?

2) Will the authorities issue gas masks to those sentenced to clean public toilets (the stench is horrible)?
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