By Keith Hackett

21st Nov, 2022 | 2:35pm

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The government cannot allow fans of Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League to drink alcohol in the stands, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted it was a “dangerous area” and suggested fans cannot be trusted to drink in the stands.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this year (22 April) that the government wants to scrap the 37-year-long ban after a recommendation in the fan-led review of football.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts told BBC Sport earlier this month (8 November) that it would require more policing and fans would be at risk of “lager shampoo”.

“I’m president of Penistone Church Football Club and yes, it’s not Celtic or Liverpool or Arsenal but we have people who socialise at the club and we’ve got to recognise that is part of football,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“At my club, you can buy a pint and bring it outside but it’s in a plastic glass. A lot of people didn’t like it at first but now we have plastic throughout.

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“For me, it’s a dangerous area. They’ve got to be very careful.

“The demographics of people going to football matches is changing but there is still that smaller element who get inebriated. When their team is not playing well they will go and stand in the bar and have seven or eight pints.

“I don’t think we’re there yet, personally. I think the government and the DCMS should be concentrating on other matters and not that one.”

In other news, Liverpool have been hit by an £89million blow after a radical deal has been agreed.