Welsh rugby take action to tackle alcohol-related disorder

The Welsh Rugby Union will sell weaker beer and order bars to close during the second half of Six Nations matches in a bid to tackle alcohol-related disorders among spectators at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The decisions come after incidents of poor behavior by fans at Wales’ 74,000-seat National Stadium during international matches in October and November, including pitch intrusions in back-to-back games.

“We want our supporters to remain passionate and enthusiastic,” WRU chief executive Steve Phillips said on Wednesday, “and to continue to bring their best voice to the Principality Stadium – throughout the recent pandemic, it is our supporters who we, and the Wales team, have missed the most – but we also need them to behave responsibly and encourage those around them to do the same.

Beers with a lower alcohol percentage will be gradually introduced in stadium lobbies bars, the WRU said, and outlets selling food and drink will close after half-time in matches against Scotland , France and Italy.

The WRU said the measures will be applied on a trial basis and “will be subject to continuous review”.

The Six Nations begin on Saturday, with Wales taking on Ireland in their opener.

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