South African bars to flout religious rules and serve England fans booze on Sunday
Published 23:00 24/06/10 By Martin Fricker
Bar owners in Bloemfontein are ready to flout religious rules and serve booze to England fans on Sunday.
Three Lions fans feared they would have to watch the clash against Germany sober because of local customs.
More than 80% of bars and restaurants usually shut on Sundays in the deeply conservative South African city.
But local business owners said they would ignore the unwritten law – and make sure both sets of fans were supplied with booze.
A barman at the Famous Butchers Grill: “Of course we’ll be serving alcohol.
“We’ve got the English and the Germans coming – if we were closed we’d deserve to go out of business.”
England fan Adrian Dormer, 36, from Leeds, said: “We’d heard a horrible rumour it would be dry there, so we’re happy there will be ale.”