Drinking taboo at soccer

2015-08-18 06:00
Despite this no alcohol sign spectators could be seen sitting along the bridge drinking alcohol at a game last weekend. 

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Despite this no alcohol sign spectators could be seen sitting along the bridge drinking alcohol at a game last weekend. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Erecting a fence along the bridge at the Ashford soccer field may be the solution to stop people from drinking there.

Allan Thompson, chairperson of the club, says they do not want to hold the City of Cape Town responsible for spectators’ behaviour, but are willing to meet the municipality half-way in securing the bridge.

“We do not have an issue with people stopping to enjoy the games, but the drinking, along with littering, is what bothers us. The club is then associated with this behaviour,” he says.

Thompson says drinking and littering only occur during home games when the bridge is usually packed full of spectators.

“At every game we play there are people sitting at the top of the bridge drinking and then we get complaints from the residents who live close by,” he says.

Despite a sign indicating that no alcohol may be consumed beyond a certain point, People’s Post witnessed people drinking at the top of the bridge last weekend.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says it is illegal for people to be drinking along the bridge – in a public space – and it is especially worrying that it is done in the presence of children.

“It is about educating people and letting them know that there are rules that need to be adhered to when in public,” he says.

However, he doesn’t agree with Thompson wanting to meet the City half-way in erecting a fence. Southgate says: “This may not be the solution, but can certainly be looked at.”

“There are certain steps which can be taken to ensure that this does not occur, but it must be strictly monitored by the club and law enforcement,” he says.

Thompson says the club has to pay someone to clean the litter on a Monday after a weekend game.

“We are spending money unnecessarily and ask that people not sit and drink on the bridge.

“This is a family-friendly facility and we want to keep it that way, but we do encourage people to support the club and the players when there are games here,” he says

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