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Pub chain defends decision not to serve alcohol to visiting Sheffield United supporters in Lichfield

A pub chain has explained a decision not to serve alcohol to football supporters last weekend.

Sheffield United fans travelling to their side’s game at Walsall on Saturday (January 14) had stopped off in the city on route to the game.

But any fans hoping to grab a pint in The Acorn Inn on Tamworth Street were greeted with a sign telling them supporters would not be served:

After the sign was posted on Twitter, football fans from a number of clubs took to social media to criticise the notice:

But a spokesperson from JD Wetherspoon which operates the pub said it stood by the decision not to serve the visiting fans, but admitted it could have been communicated in a more appropriate way.

“As licensed premises our pubs have a duty to uphold the the licensing objectives, which include the prevention of crime and disorder,” the company said.

“Following police advice, and in order to uphold these objectives, we made the decision not to serve any customers who were identifiable as football supporters.

“While we stand by that decision, we do apologise for the way this was communicated on the day by our pub team. We will be reviewing the way such decisions are communicated in the future.”

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1 Comment

  1. Darragh

    20th January, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Crying wolf. They are notorious for being anti-social when coming through Lichfield.