The Champions of the Schottish Third Division, East Fife, have criticised police for banning them from drinking champagne to celebrate a title win.Champagne bottles were produced at East Stirlingshire’s Firs Park after East Fife moved to an unassailable 24-point lead in the Scottish Third Division.  Directors were warned that having alcohol in glass containers was illegal in football grounds and they were told by the police to remove them.  Officers later threatened a director with arrest when bottles reappeared.

East Fife director Dave Marshall told the BBC Scotland news website: “We took champagne with us on the bus, but we didn’t want to pre-empt the outcome, so we left it on the bus.  Towards the end of the game, one of the guys took it off the bus and put it in the dressing-room.  After the match, another of the guys brought the bottles out and began to celebrate Formula One style. One of the local bobbies took exception to it and said put it away or they would be arrested.” 

Ch Insp Audrey McLeod, from Central Scotland Police, said East Fife were warned about the law when an officer spotted the bottles being taken off the bus.  It states that glass containers are not permitted inside sporting grounds.

“During the subsequent celebrations the bottles were produced and champagne was sprayed over the fans who were gathered on the pitch,” said Chief Insp McLeod.

“Officers again spoke to club officials, explaining the legislation again and highlighting the potential for glass bottles to present a health and safety issue, particularly with a number of families with children in the vicinity.

This does seem one of those completely over the top rules.  Champagne is a normal celebratory drink and used in sports stadiums throughout the world to celebrate major victories, like winning a league title.  It doesn’t look like they were causing any health and safety risk at all so I don’t really understand the need for this strict understanding of the law.  Can anyone explain it to me?

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  1. Any scheme that’s attempted should take account of and have researched the many existing systems from parental advising websites.
    One system is to have a ‘meta tag’ in the html code of the webpage that states it’s rating/content type(the website manager adds the meta tag, possibly after official approval). This sits alongside other meta tags that provide the viewer’s computer with information about the webpage title, description, creator, text-only version, etc..

    The trouble is that it can be unclear what rating the website is. The ratings need to be clearly defined with strict boundaries. But as you point out, some children watch certain older movies.
    The other problem is you need wide spread adoption. The internet isn’t one country and has no overriding authorities. The bigger thing is that alot of websites won’t bother to take up a system until 90% of over websites do it, catch 22.

    If you want to go down the search for bad websites and block them, this is the same concept as anti-virus. Website blocking software has been easily available since 1997, it’s nothing special.
    A side effect of this is when The Beano chat room blocked me saying I come from middleSEX. Kids will find a way to get around a block just because it’s there (and there will always be a way around). I would rather teach my kids the dangers of things you find, and watch over them when they’re really young.

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