WALES fans will be served weaker beer at home Six Nations matches after drunken scenes marred last year’s Autumn Internationals.
Welsh rugby chiefs were so concerned about the ’embarrassing’ alcohol-fuelled scenes that they considered BANNING booze altogether.
But after careful consideration, they opted to reduce the strength of the beer being offered at the Principality Stadium.
A 4.1 per cent beverage will replace the previous five per cent Heineken that was being sold around the grounds.
Stadium bars will also shut after half-time to try and curb disorderly behaviour.
Addressing their decision, Welsh Rugby Union CEO Steve Phillips said: “It’s all about our customers and our fans. We have a very passionate fan base and a magnificent stadium.
“We know players love playing here and we have something really special. It’s something we are really proud of.
“Some of the stories we heard were embarrassing. We’re not being forced to do this, but we think it’s the right thing to do.
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“It wasn’t a difficult decision at all. We’re going to drop a bit of revenue, but it’s the right thing to do.
“Having a drink at the game is part of the culture and what people want. Some people will say it’s going too far.
“Others will say it’s not far enough. We’re asking people to come here and be responsible. Come and enjoy the game and have a good day, but be responsible.”
Addressing talk that beer could have been banned altogether, stadium manager Mark Williams, as per Wales Online, said: “We did consider it.
“But when we looked at the surveys, being able to access alcohol in moderation was a big part of the matchday experience for many fans. So banning that would have been a blind punishment.”
Wales kick-off their 2022 Six Nations campaign with a trip to Ireland this Saturday.
Their first home game follows a week later, when Scotland come to Cardiff.