Football clubs back alcohol trial scheme

Several football clubs have backed calls for a pilot scheme to ­allow the drinking of alcohol at games, the Scottish Tories have said.

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A total of 15 clubs - which is understood to include several top flight teams - have told the Conservatives they support a trial, while two of the clubs who responded said they oppose the idea.

Tory leader Ruth ­Davidson said 88% of the clubs that ­responded to their survey are "clearly in ­favour of a pilot project" to see if the existing ban on drinking at matches could be lifted.

First Minister Alex Salmond told MSPs at Holyrood that Police Scotland are currently "not minded" for the ban to be relaxed.

He added that drink was a "major contribution to disorder in society and to disorder and offensive behaviour at football matches".

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