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Moscow hit with alcohol ban during World Cup in Russia

  • Moscow have acted quickly ahead of the World Cup by slapping an alcohol ban
  • Russian authorities have implemented the plan to stop fan troubles this summer
  • Pubs and restaurants cannot sell alcohol on the day before and day of matches
  • Supermarkets and off-licences have also been struck by the prohibition

Russian authorities placed an alcohol ban on Moscow during this summer’s World Cup.

Following trouble between supporters at the 2016 Euro Championships, Moscow authorities are to stop pubs and restaurants from selling alcohol on the day before and day of matches.

However, there isn’t just a ban in pubs and restaurants, supermarkets and off-licences will also be impacted by this move, which is aimed to prevent fan trouble this summer.

World Cup fans will only be able to buy alcohol inside stadiums and official FIFA fan zones

The only place World Cup supporters can get hold of alcohol in the City’s capital will be inside stadia and official FIFA fan zones.

England fans will be affected by this ban if they finish as runners up in Group C, with the potential last-16 clash being held in Moscow.

Kirill Malyshkin, Moscow City Hall’s deputy head of regional security, said: ‘Executive power bodies have set the borders where the sale and consumption will be banned on the eve and day of a match.’

Twelve matches will be played in Moscow during the highly-anticipated World Cup, including Russia’s tournament opener against Saudi Arabia on June 14. 

The Moscow ban could influence other host cities to follow suit ahead of the tournament.

This move appears more severe after Russian authorities said in February that fans can bring marijuana, cocaine and even heroin to stadia as long as they have the supporting medical documents.

Russian authorities have put this ban in place following troubles at the Euros in France

Russian authorities have put this ban in place following troubles at the Euros in France

 

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