FOOTBALL fans attending the Euro 2016 clash between England and Wales next month will face a 24-hour drinking ban.
We asked the views of a Wales supporter making the trip across the Channel for the competition.
The town of Lens will have a complete drinking ban, as police urge fans to watch the game in the Lille fanzone if they do not have tickets for the game.
Police will also enforce the drinking ban for the three other games that will take place at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. It is targeting hooliganism from fans throughout the tournament.
The ban will last from 6am on June 16 until 6am the following morning.
Some fans however, have concerns that this ban will dampen the atmosphere and impact on such a big occasion. Jonathan Harries, who will travel to watch the Euros, said the atmosphere should come from the game, but will have an effect on the build-up.
“I think outside the ground it will dampen it [the atmosphere],” he said.
“It’s just part of sporting culture, enjoying yourself before a game.”
However, Jonathan admitted that this sort of high-pressure game could get out of hand. He said many fans may be left disappointed by the decision, but it would not let it ruin his time supporting Wales at the tournament.