It’s a blanket ban on alcohol

MILAN: Authorities in Milan have enforced a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol today in a bid to stave off the threat of trouble between Manchester United and AC Milan fans. 

AC Milan host United for the second leg of their semi-final a week after United won the first leg 3-2 at Old Trafford. 

More than 5,000 United fans are expected in Milan for the decider, and local authorities, fearing an alcohol-fuelled free-for-all following several incidents prior to and during United’s quarter-final against Roma, have banned the sale of alcohol in shops throughout the city and the airport. 

The decision seems to be inspired by the authorities in Rome, who said alcohol was the main reason behind the dozen or so incidents which marred the first leg of United’s quarter-final against Roma in the Italian capital. – AFP  

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