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German Police encourage England fans to smoke CANNABIS instead of drinking beer

In a move to curb alcohol-fuelled disturbances, German authorities have imposed a strong beer ban on Three Lions fans ahead of Sunday’s match against Serbia.

Instead, they are encouraging fans to smoke cannabis, which was legalised in Germany on April 1.

Alcohol Restrictions and Cannabis Allowance

Stadium officials have been instructed to serve only weak beer or shandy to mitigate the risk of alcohol-related violence during the game. Stephan Knipp, a spokesperson for the Gelsenkirchen Police, explained that the decision aims to promote a safer and more relaxed environment for all attendees.

Knipp remarked, “It’s no problem for fans to smoke cannabis on the street. If we see a group of people drinking alcohol and looking a bit aggressive, and another group smoking cannabis, of course we’ll look at the group drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol can make someone more aggressive, and smoking cannabis puts people in a chill mood. We want to prevent violence and keep people safe.”

Safety and Enforcement Measures

While the consumption of cannabis is permitted in many public areas, it is strictly prohibited inside the 62,000-seat Veltins Arena, as well as in fan zones, bars, and city squares. This regulatory measure ensures that while fans can enjoy cannabis in certain spaces, the game itself and immediate surrounding areas remain controlled environments.

Moreover, bars located in “sensitive areas” of Gelsenkirchen will cease serving alcohol immediately before and after the match to further reduce the likelihood of violent incidents.

As fans gear up for the game, the emphasis remains on ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment, with authorities ready to enforce the new regulations and maintain order throughout the event.