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Why have fans been warned about the strength of German beer at Euro 2024?

Ever since it was announced in 2018 that Germany would be the host of Euro 2024, football fans in the United Kingdom have been excited about the prospect of the trip. Not only is Germany a stadium packed with sensational football stadiums, but it also has a drinking culture that the majority of British football fans can relate to.

Cities like Munich and Berlin are popular destinations for lads' holidays and stag dos, with German beer proving to be very popular with Brits. As a result, in March 2024, the UK Foreign Office issued a warning to fans about the percentage of alcohol that is typically found in German beer ahead of the tournament.

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England fans have been warned about the strength of German beer ahead of Euro 2024 – Photo by Icon Sport

Strength of German beer at Euro 2024: warning issued to football fans

The official advice from the Foreign Office about the strength of German beer at Euro 2024 came as a surprise to most football fans. It read:

“Beer can be stronger than in the UK, so drink responsibly, know your limits and respect local laws. You may not be let into the stadium if you drink too much.”

The main reason for the surprise was that German beer, on average at least, isn't exactly significantly higher than beer found in the UK. The average strength of lager in the UK is around the 4.4.% mark while the average in Germany is around the 4.7% mark.

At the time, the co-founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association said:

“There are of course many things that Scotland fans need to be warned about but we don't really think this is one of them. The Tartan Army have watched Scotland all over the world and enjoyed sampling the culture and, of course, the local beer sensibly and in moderation – win, lose or draw.”

It seems like Scotland fans will be taking the strength of German beer at Euro 2024 in their stride, then.

Why was the German beer warning given?

The reality is, the UK government don't trust football fans and when it comes to how fans have behaved at international tournaments in the past, their distrust isn't exactly unjustified. The warning likely came to try and drum home the point that British fans need to behave themselves in Germany otherwise there will be consequences – in this instance, not being let into the stadium.

It isn't the only step the government have taken to try and keep a lid on British football fans this summer. Earlier this year, the Home Office requested the passports from 1,600 individuals with football banning orders to prevent them from travelling to the tournament.

Additionally, a British Police Chief has urged England fans to use ‘common sense' in Germany this summer about culturally sensitive behaviour. There are fears that England fans could use World War One and Two references to point score in Germany, but this could land them in hot trouble with local police due to German public order laws.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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