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Football’s 35-year booze ban may be lifted to entice fans back into stadiums this year

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A lifting of football’s 35-year booze ban is being considered among proposals to bring fans back into stadiums, Sportsmail can reveal.

Supporters have been forbidden from drinking within sight of the pitch since 1985, a move brought in when hooliganism was rife.

However, discussions are ongoing over allowing supporters back into venues in a safe manner given the threat of coronavirus. Allowing fans to consume alcoholic beverages in their seats is one of the measures under consideration.

Football's 35-year booze ban may be lifted as part of proposals to bring fans back to stadiums

Football’s 35-year booze ban may be lifted as part of proposals to bring fans back to stadiums

Supporters have been forbidden from drinking within sight of the pitch at venues since 1985

Supporters have been forbidden from drinking within sight of the pitch at venues since 1985

The move would be made primarily to avoid the threat of congestion on concourses where fans – banned from boozing in their seats – often gather en masse to consume their drinks.

Sources have disclosed that there is a belief that the ruling, which does not apply to other sports and concerts, is outdated and should be changed. Indeed, some of the nation’s clubs who play in more modern facilities already have the technology to see food and drink delivered directly to seats.

The government wants to see fans back inside grounds by October, should it be safe, and the lifting of the rule could be an integral part of their return. Any change may well come in the shape of a trial period.

The move would be made mainly to avoid the threat of fans causing congestion in concourses

The move would be made mainly to avoid the threat of fans causing congestion in concourses

The government is keen to see supporters back inside grounds by October, should it be safe

The government is keen to see supporters back inside grounds by October, should it be safe

The Premier League has set up a working group examining various initiatives, along with medical experts, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and Westminster.

Many have called for the ban to be lifted on previous occasions. Some believe it may encourage stayaways back into stadiums, especially in the lower leagues, where many clubs are facing severe financial challenges.

In 2018, then EFL boss Shaun Harvey called for a review on the ruling, branding it ‘disproportionate’. His comments echoed the views of many of his clubs, who believe that the removal of the ban would be lucrative and would come with minimal increased risk of disorder.

The Football Supporters Federation has previously branded the rule as ‘outdated and based on prejudice’.

But any lifting of the ban, which is a piece of legislation, would also need government support

But any lifting of the ban, which is a piece of legislation, would also need government support

Any lifting of the ban, which is a piece of legislation, would need government support. Known as The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985, the ruling was brought in after years of trouble on the terraces. 

It only applies to stadiums in England and Wales, with Scotland having a total ban, brought in following violence at the 1980 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers. A trial had been considered for Euro 2020 matches due to be held at Hampden Park.

Some clubs believe that the measure actually causes more problems than it solves, with supporters binge drinking pre-kick-off and during half-time before returning to their seats.

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Manchester United ‘will table take-it-or-leave-it £90m offer for Jadon Sancho’

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Manchester United are reportedly set to table a take-it-or-leave-it £90million offer for Jadon Sancho.

United have been chasing Sancho all summer but have been unable to reach an agreement with Borussia Dormtund, who have remained firm on their £108m asking price for the forward.

But according to Mirror Sport, the Red Devils will issue a final offer of £75m up front with a further £15m in add-ons and claim Ed Woodward will inform the Bundesliga side there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.

Manchester United are set to table a take-it-or-leave-it £90million offer for Jadon Sancho

Manchester United are set to table a take-it-or-leave-it £90million offer for Jadon Sancho

Ed Woodward will tell Borussia Dortmund the fee and payment structure is not negotiable

Ed Woodward will tell Borussia Dortmund the fee and payment structure is not negotiable 

United face a battle to get a deal done before the October 5 deadline with both the Premier League and Bundesliga seasons already underway.

The club made a breakthrough in talks over Sancho’s wages and the agents’ fees earlier this month but have so far been unable to bring down the price for the England international. 

Dortmund’s director Sebastian Kehl said earlier this week that Sancho would not be sold in a cut-price deal

United face a battle to get a deal done before the October 5 with Dortmund wanting £108m

United face a battle to get a deal done before the October 5 with Dortmund wanting £108m

Suggesting that United had made a bid in the region of £73million for the former Manchester City starlet, Kehl told Sport 1: ‘We agreed that we had to show a certain attitude. And €80m are simply not enough for such a player. 

‘We owed that to the club and the fans. I don’t want to give him up either. Without Jadon this team is worse.’

Sancho has had a flying start to the season for the German side with a goal and two assists in their opening two fixtures.

In the 2019-2020 campaign, the forward contributed 20 goals and 20 assists in 44 appearances as Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga.

United have alternative options but the 20-year-old is still their No1 target. The club are locked in negotiations with Porto over left back Alex Telles who is out of contract next summer.

They are hoping to bring down the Portuguese side’s £17m asking price while holding out for an £18m bid from Roma for Chris Smalling – who is looking to seal a move back to the Serie A side.

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Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET): Javi Martinez gets the winner

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Bayern Munich finally crushed the spirit of Sevilla to win the UEFA Super Cup final 2-1.

But as the relentless red machine added another trophy to the Champions League it won last month and extended its run of straight wins to 23 games, it was tested to the limit by the Europe League holders.

Spanish substitute Javi Martinez got the winner for Bayern, heading past Bono after the Sevilla keeper had parried a David Alaba shot straight to him. There were 104 draining minutes on the clock when Bayern finally got themselves in front. 

Bayern Munich celebrate winning the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla following extra-time on Thursday

Bayern Munich celebrate winning the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla following extra-time on Thursday

The Champions League winners had to come from behind to beat the Europa League holders in the UEFA Super Cup

The Champions League winners had to come from behind to beat the Europa League holders in the UEFA Super Cup

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez celebrates after scoring Bayern Munich's winner in extra time on Thursday

Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez celebrates after scoring Bayern Munich’s winner in extra time on Thursday

The midfielder is mobbed by his team-mates following his extra-time winner as Bayern added another trophy to their haul

The midfielder is mobbed by his team-mates following his extra-time winner as Bayern added another trophy to their haul

Lucas Ocampos celebrates after scoring his team's goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Super Cup match

Lucas Ocampos celebrates after scoring his team’s goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Super Cup match

Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka celebrates scoring Bayern's equalising goal with Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka celebrates scoring Bayern’s equalising goal with Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane

Alaba had conceded a first half penalty from which Lucas Ocampos gave Sevilla the lead from. Leon Goretzka had levelled on 34 minutes before Bayern got their extra-time winner.

The game was played in front of 20,000 spectators in the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena, with around 500 travelling from Spain and 1,000 from Germany.

Sevilla took the lead on 12 minutes when Ocampos sent Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Ivan Rakitic, making the second Sevilla debut of his career, won the spot kick. 

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring a goal after another good Bayern Munich move, but it was disallowed for offside

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring a goal after another good Bayern Munich move, but it was disallowed for offside

Sevilla's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic reacts after he was brought down in the box, and he was awarded a penalty

Sevilla’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic reacts after he was brought down in the box, and he was awarded a penalty

Jesus Navas had overlapped Suso down the right but checked back on to his left foot before crossing for Luuk de Jong. The big target man headed the ball down to Rakitic who took it on his chest but was barged sideways by David Alaba. English referee Anthony Taylor booked the Austrian and Ocampos rolled in the kick.

Nervous minutes followed for the Spanish. Keeper Bono slipped as he tried to clear and Fernando had to clean things up in a hurry.

Then Rakitic went in late on Robert Lewandowski but De Jong made sure Niklas Sule’s header went out for a corner.

Manchester City target Jules Kounde added a few more euros to his value with a goal-saving block that prevented Thomas Muller scoring.

Bayern were swarming forward and when Benjamin Pavard and Serge Gnabry doubled up down the right with no Sevilla defender in attendance Pavard had a free shot that he pulled wide. 

Some fans were allowed into the stadium to watch the UEFA Super Cup match in Budapest on Thursday evening

Some fans were allowed into the stadium to watch the UEFA Super Cup match in Budapest on Thursday evening

Players of FC Bayern Munich talk to Referee Anthony Taylor after he gave a penalty to Sevilla early on in the game

Players of FC Bayern Munich talk to Referee Anthony Taylor after he gave a penalty to Sevilla early on in the game

Sane was next to shoot and this time it was Diego Carlos who blocked. Bono then saved at close-range from Lewandowski.

On 34 minutes finally Bayern’s pressure finally paid off. Muller found Lewandowski who laid off to Goretzka who side-footed the ball past Bono.

Sevilla stayed on terms until half time and refreshed at the restart Ocampos’ flick allowed Sergio Escudero to cross and De Jong’s shot forced a corner.

Lucas Hernandez then teed-up Sane who crossed to Lewandowski. The Pole nodded to Muller who gave it back to him on the edge of the six-yard box. He scored and Bayern celebrated but VAR ruled that Lewandowski had been just offside.

Sane then had the ball in the net but the goal was harshly ruled out for a foul from Lewandowski on Escudero in the build-up. Sevilla’s cup luck was still in. 

Lucas Ocampos of Sevilla scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot by sending Manuel Neuer the wrong way

Lucas Ocampos of Sevilla scores his team’s first goal from the penalty spot by sending Manuel Neuer the wrong way

Ocampos celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team-mates during the UEFA Super Cup match

Ocampos celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team-mates during the UEFA Super Cup match

Leon Goretzka (2-L) of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring the 1-1 equalizer during the UEFA Super Cup final

Leon Goretzka (2-L) of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring the 1-1 equalizer during the UEFA Super Cup final

By now a tired Rakitic had made way for Oliver Torres in a break in play brought about by Kounde’s impeccable block on Lewandowski. The Bayern forward needed treatment but there had been no foul.

The next time Kounde took a risk, this time on Muller, the foul was given but Alaba curled the kick over. Bono then got down well to his right to save from Muller, unsighted he did well to hold the shot.

With three minutes left Sevilla almost nicked it on the break when Navas played substitute Youssef En-Nesyri in. He was through for glory and he did nothing wrong but Neuer did what Neuer does getting down to his right to push the shot clear and force extra time. 

Bayern Munich's Lewandowski raises his leg to try and bring the ball under control under pressure from Sergio Escudero

Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski raises his leg to try and bring the ball under control under pressure from Sergio Escudero

En-Nesyri had the first chance of extra time, which this time Neuer blocked on to his post. VAR would have been required if the ball had gone in because the striker looked offside.

Bayern brought on Alphonso Davies, the injection of pace looked cruel on Sevilla’s exhausted players. But it was another sub who won it.

The Spanish side were tired mentally as well as physically. Diego Carlos cleared for a corner when he had Bono behind him to gather. And from the kick Martinez scored to win the game and the Super Cup. 

Sevilla's goalkeeper Bono is left stranded in the net after Javi Martinez scored the winner for Bayern Munich

Sevilla’s goalkeeper Bono is left stranded in the net after Javi Martinez scored the winner for Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick pays tribute to UEFA Super Cup winner Javi Martinez

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Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has paid tribute to the ever-reliable Javi Martinez after the Spaniard came off the bench to score the winning goal in the UEFA Super Cup final.

With the game in extra time, Flick sent on the 32-year-old to shore up his defence but it was his contribution at the other end of the field that made the crucial difference, heading in Bayern’s second goal and ultimately winning them the final. 

It was Martinez’s first goal since April 2019 and could well be his last as he looks to bring the curtain down on his trophy-laden eight-year spell with the club, having been linked with an emotional return to Athletic Bilbao this summer.

Hansi Flick paid tribute to Javi Martinez (pictured) after Bayern's UEFA Super Cup triumph

Hansi Flick paid tribute to Javi Martinez (pictured) after Bayern’s UEFA Super Cup triumph

And while questions remain over Martinez’s future, Flick decided to focus on the here and now, praising the versatile veteran for his late contribution at the Puskas Arena.

‘Javi scored the goal and won us the game. Sometimes football writes these stories – this is a beautiful one,’ head coach Flick told Sky.

‘On Wednesday there were reports that he was in Bilbao, yet tonight he scored the winning goal.

The Bayern Munich boss insisted that 'you can always count' on the experience Spaniard

The Bayern Munich boss insisted that ‘you can always count’ on the experience Spaniard

‘You can always count on him, whenever he comes on he always gives 100 per cent out there and has the experience and mentality to win games like he did today, that was the key,’ Flick added.

‘As for his future, it is not the most important thing right now, it is something he has to decide for himself.’

Flick has used Martinez sparingly since taking over as Bayern coach last year but is not the only coach to struggle to find a role for the player, who can operate as a defensive midfielder and a centre back.

He has only started more than half of Bayern’s league campaigns on three occasions, while he missed almost all of the 2014-15 season after rupturing knee ligaments.

Minutes after coming on as a substitute, Martinez scored the winning goal with a header

Minutes after coming on as a substitute, Martinez scored the winning goal with a header

His cup final-winning goal could be his last contribution for Bayern as he looks for a move away

His cup final-winning goal could be his last contribution for Bayern as he looks for a move away

‘I always want to give 100 per cent for Bayern and I showed that today,’ Martinez said.

‘Even if I only play 10 or 15 minutes, I try to help the team and I did that today with my goal.

‘Now I want to celebrate with the team and my team mates. As long as I am in Munich I will give all I have for the team and defend this shirt.’

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