Clampdown on watery beer during World Cup

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LANDLORDS have been warned that Trading Standards officers will be visiting pubs showing live World Cup matches to check the only ‘foul play’ occurring is on the football field.

Officers will be making sure that people are not being duped by watered-down beer, that menu descriptions are accurate, spirits on sale are not substituted for cheaper or inferior products and that there is no illicit or counterfeit merchandise available to buy.

Officers from the West Sussex branch will also be checking spirits are not stored for long periods with ‘open pourers’ which can allow the alcohol to evaporate, resulting in significantly understrength drinks.

Visits will be conducted jointly with district council licensing officers.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, who is in charge of residents’ services in West Sussex, said: ‘It’s important that football fans get what they pay for and that businesses that play fairly are not put at a disadvantage by those who may decide to cheat to increase their profits.’