World Cup pubs late licence bid rejected

England fans Fans groups say watching the football in the pub is the next best thing to being at a live match

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There will be no national extension of pub licensing hours during England's opening World Cup match, the Home Office has confirmed.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) had asked for serving times to be extended on two weekends during the tournament in Brazil this summer.

But the Home Office rejected the bid, saying the World Cup was not a "one-off" event like the Queen's Jubilee.

England play Italy at 23:00 BST on Saturday 14 June 2014.

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Premises which wish to open longer during this time can do so by applying for a Temporary Event Notice extension”

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Industry body the BBPA had put in an application on behalf of all pubs to allow them to to stay open from 23:00 to 01:00 on that Friday and Saturday - the opening weekend of the tournament.

It also asked for an extra two hours on the closing weekend, 11 and 12 July.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds told BBC Radio 5 live: "The Home Office wrote back to us and said 'we don't consider this of national importance'.

"They've really missed something here and they should reconsider."

She said a temporary licence would cost pubs a total of £738,000 if they all applied for individual licences.

Upset fans watching Arsenal lose in a pub The BBPA says 4m people watched the 2010 World Cup in the pub
Chelsea fans watching football on a pub TV

Individual pubs can apply for a one-off late licence at a cost of £21 or in "exceptional circumstances" ministers can extend hours nationally.

Fans group the Football Supporters' Federation said it was a "great shame" for those priced out of travelling to Brazil.

"For many fans the next best thing to a live game is the communal vibe of the pub," the federation's Graham Brunskill told the Daily Star Sunday.

Ministers extended weekend licensing hours for the recent royal wedding and Queen's Jubilee.

But Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said the government had "no plans" to repeat the move.

"It is our normal practice to only extend licensing hours under the Licensing Act 2003 in exceptional circumstances, usually for one-off events such as the Golden Jubilee rather than prolonged periods," he said.

"Premises which wish to open longer during this time can do so by applying for a Temporary Event Notice extension.

"This gives local authorities and police an opportunity to feed into the decision making process, allowing them to allocate resources if necessary."


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  • rate this

    Comment number 283.

    I think the home office is underestimating the value that people have for this tournament.
    It is not a usual occurrence and changes time zones every time. For some people it is the only time they are interested in football.

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    Comment number 282.

    £21 for a late licence so whats the story about ?. Pay the £21 stay open late and 4 pints and a packet of crisps and they have the money back plus the thousands of other drink poured that night everyone's a winner apart from the poor man who has to clean up the sick on the streets and the broken windows when we get knocked out by Suarez

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    Comment number 281.

    If the BBPA needs people to count other people watching the world cup in pubs, I am avaliable.
    £21 per two hours will do nicely.

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    Comment number 280.

    "She said a temporary licence would cost pubs a total of £738,000 if they all applied for individual licences."

    Well, there's your answer. £738K for the treasury, Thank You Very Much.

    Just don't mention that they'd probably take more in beer duty if they were open.

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    Comment number 279.

    Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee gets it. World Cup not considered important enough.

    Nice to have an in touch government.

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    Comment number 278.

    of course it is rejected.

    This is something that the "ordinary" joe likes if it was Golf or Tennis they would be fawning over themselves to accomodate.

    Good chance for the Government to once again exploit the working people of this country and ensure the jack boot of this Government is felt on the necks of the masses.

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    Comment number 277.

    Don't worry everybody I'm sure there will be plenty of deals for our major supermarkets "supporting" our team saving us from those evil publicans.

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    Comment number 276.

    And we are STILL suffering from the 1914-18 ward ( being celebrated) because people would drink rather than make munitions to kill people so the elites could keep power, so the licencing laws were introduced. People were treat badly back then and the same mentality of not allowing people to enjoy themselves is still prevalent.
    100 years on and we still suffer from backwards thinking.

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    Comment number 275.

    Cameron...i think i need say no more

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    Comment number 274.

    If people stop to think and read, many pups have late licenses already. Others will pay £21 to apply for a late license.

    Stop moaning.

    Anyway, football is a game for little girls who should be in bed early.

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    Comment number 273.

    How do we start one of those petitions so they have to listen to us.

    Lets get one going and all sign it.

    Ridiculous we are still being told to drink up by 11am. My wives not ready to go out until at least 10pm by the time she has put her war paint on!

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    Comment number 272.

    @264 UKSmeagal
    Yes, I see your point. I believe the problems happen when they leave the pub. Fights, yelling, vomiting, urinating etc. Testosterone & booze plus age & a sport.... things get out of control. No, its not the same as the royal jubilee....young males could care less in that case.

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    Comment number 271.

    just means everyone will head home for the match and drink at home and have all night parties keeping everyone else up in residential homes. at least if the pubs are open it keeps fans away from residents and controlled if they get out of hand, silly decision we used to live in a free society not anymore nanny state comes to mind...

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    Comment number 270.

    Just goes to show how out of touch this government is from the people they are supposed to represent.

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    Comment number 269.

    @262. halla halla
    "the World Cup is being held in a Muslim country"

    Think you'll find Brasil is mainly a Christian country. So your argument has no basis at all!

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    Comment number 268.

    #228 just because you are a boring old sod hoping the postman makes a mistake to give a highlight to your boring sod day doesn't mean that millions of the rest of us can't have some enjoyable time.
    We work too you know, we want the football. It is a better escape than what you are trapped in just grey day every day misery without anything to cheer about.

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    Comment number 267.

    You brits bring it on yourselves. The drunken men of europe. I have never seen a drunk on the streets of france who was anything other than calm.

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    Comment number 266.

    149 bjlavery

    You're right, it's not a spelling bee (are you American?).

    However if people are going to use these threads it would help if a) they read the article and understand what it's about, and b) can spell properly, so that they can be taken seriously when trying to support their poorly informed arguments with further use of words.

    I'm not talking typos here but basic misspelling.

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    Comment number 265.

    I am sure Osborne would love the extra VAT from the sale of Alcohol.. and local community pubs filling their coffers at the same time.. Where any pubs are facing closure, more events like this being broadcast boost community spirit and local businesses... shame

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    Comment number 264.

    Just now
    @249 UKSmeagal
    ------- agree cannot control themselves while drinking a pub or at home.

    btw the average age appears to be 22 by the looks in above photos. Any excuse will do!
    All i'm saying is in a controlled environment people are told if they've had enough rather then over indulging on what ever deal was forced on them at home


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