a punishment! Fans throwing beer in the air to celebrate World Cup goals could be charged with assault, expert warns
- New World Cup craze sees fans throwing beer at their team’s score
- Legal experts warn fans chucking pints could land them behind bars
- Tuesday night’s World Cup will be a ‘do or die’ encounter between England and Wales
Given the price of beer these days, many drinkers might argue that it is a crime to break into it under any circumstances.
But that hasn’t stopped soccer fans from enjoying the World Cup craze for throwing beer at their team’s score.
Now, however, there may be another fine to pay – a spell behind bars.
Legal experts have warned England and Wales fans that chucking pints could land them behind bars if the container or liquid hits another person.
England and Wales fans have been warned of the dangers of chucking pints around when their team scores
Specialist licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen issued a warning ahead of what has been dubbed a ‘do or die’ clash in Qatar to decide which home nations progress to the knock-out stages.
The firm said: ‘Clearly if an object such as glass or polycarbonate is deliberately thrown, it would be an assault or attempt to commit an assault… If it is part of generally aggressive group behavior it is an offense of public order. Maybe.’
Common assault carries a maximum jail term of six months. Disorderly behavior can result in detention or a fine.
Legal experts warned England and Wales fans that moving pints could land them behind bars if the container or liquid hits another person