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Potential booze ban for one club following alleged breach

Featherstone Rovers could be banned from selling alcohol at home games after a reported breach of COVID rules earlier this year, the Yorkshire Post has reported.

Rugby League Live reported on March 31 that some Featherstone players and staff had allegedly mixed in a bar at the Millennium Stadium, after they had triumphed against Batley in the Challenge Cup four days earlier.

West Yorkshire Police said it had asked for the club’s premises licence, which allows it to serve booze to fans, to be reviewed by Wakefield Council, with Rovers co-operating with the authorities.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said it was “aware of a reported breach of coronavirus restrictions at Millennium Stadium, Featherstone, on Saturday, March 27, and has been working alongside the Rugby Football League (RFL) in ensuring this is investigated and appropriate sanctions put in place.

“As a result of information that has come to light as part of these enquiries, West Yorkshire Police has instigated a review of the premises licence.”

A public hearing could now be held where a panel of three councillors would decide what action, if any, should be taken against the club. If action is taken, it could range from revoking the licence, suspending it for a short period of time, or issuing the club a warning with no further punishment.

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