Up to 800,000 British fans heading to Euro 2024 warned not to get caught out by strong German beer

Up to 800,000 British fans heading to Euro 2024 warned not to get caught out by strong German beer

Germany is preparing to welcome up to 800,000 British football fans for Euro 2024.

They are being warned not to get caught out by the strength of German beer and risk being banned from games.

Scotland's face Germany in the opening match of the tournament in Munich on June 14.

England’s first game is against Serbia on June 16 in Gelsenkirchen.

Wales are due to play Finland in a play-off semi-final on March 21 in Cardiff as it seeks to get a place in the competition.

The UK and German authorities expect around 500,000 British fans to travel for the tournament, though, this figure could rise to up to 800,000.

In London, the Foreign Office has issued an alcohol warning to supporters heading across the Channel for the competition.

“Beer can be stronger than in the UK, so drink responsibly, know your limits and respect local laws,” it said in its Euro 2024 travel guidance for Germany.

“You may not be let into the stadium if you drink too much.”

The average strength of conventional beers and lagers sold in the UK is 4.4% ABV (alcohol by volume), according to the Drinkaware charity.

The ABV content of beers in Germany is usually between 4.7% and 5.4% for most traditional brews, with some having an alcohol content of up to 16 per cent or even more.

Fans are also advised to check that their passport will be valid for their trip and to get travel insurance.

The Foreign Office also stressed: “Only buy match tickets from official providers. Tickets will be electronic and you will need your mobile phone to validate them at entry. Make sure your phone is charged and take into account roaming charges in Germany – check with your phone provider before you travel.

“Match tickets bought through unofficial means may not be valid. If you sell tickets through unofficial means, you could be prosecuted.”

On special venues being organised for the tournament, it added: “Each host city will have a football village, where fans can spend time before and during the matches. “Restrictions on what you can take into football villages and live viewing areas may vary between cities.”