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Football League

Leeds deny plans to ban alcohol at Elland Road

Claims that ban would be introduced to reflect beliefs of Muslim owners rubbished by Championship side

Leeds insist they have no plans to bring in an alcohol ban and that fans will continue to be able to enjoy a pint at Elland Road.

The club issued a statement making their position clear following a newspaper report that one Leeds director, Salem Patel, had proposed an alcohol ban to reflect the Muslim beliefs of owners GFH Capital, the Dubai-based subsidiary of a Bahraini Islamic investment bank.

However, Leeds managing director David Haigh said that was not the case.

He said: "The board has never discussed banning alcohol and has no plans to change the current licensing arrangements at Elland Road.

"Enjoying a pint before and after watching the match is a time-honoured Yorkshire tradition as indeed it is among many British football fans.

"Equally the club will continue to offer a selection of wines and other alcoholic drinks to our corporate guests."

Last month Leeds agreed a six-year deal with Heineken to supply bitter, lager and cider to Elland Road.

As part of the new agreement Heineken has invested £250,000 in equipment in the stadium's bars to speed up service.