Spanish resort town bans football shirts in alcohol crackdown

Bars and restaurants in the party district of a bustling holiday island are planning to introduce dress restrictions banning the wearing of football shirts in a sweeping move to ban drunken behavior. The rules will also prevent bare-chested drinkers from being served in establishments to block anti-social antics.

Venues in Playa de Palm, Mallorca, have enforced the dress code after complaining that the island’s excess tourism decree, which aims to end excessive alcohol consumption in the area, does not does not work. A body representing a dozen establishments warned that urgent action was needed to prevent the problem from getting worse.

The decree on excess tourism in the Balearic Islands only affects Magalluf, Playa de Palma and Sant Antonio in Ibiza. The measures include alcohol restrictions at all-inclusive hotels, stiff fines for “balconing” and an end to alcohol specials at all three resorts. But the Palma Beach hotel and restaurant group, warned the controls weren’t working and further action was needed to banish the problem.

He said: “The rising tide of tourists who repeat the same behavior as always and which is even worse than previous years. We have already given up the season in terms of controlling anti-social behavior.”

Police have pledged to do more to stamp out bad behavior among noisy tourists and there will be increased summer patrols. Guests in Playa de Palma will be permitted to wear football shirts during the day, but as with many hotels, wearing colors or going bare-chested will be prohibited during evening trading hours.

Juan Miguel Ferrer and Pedro Marín, general manager and director of Palma Beach, told local media: “Since May 10 there have been large groups of tourists who are just looking to get drunk. The excess tourism regulations introduced in January 2020 are not working.

“Alcohol availability at all-inclusive hotels may have been controlled, but the problem is on the street.”

There are also demands that any financial penalties imposed by the police for excessive behavior should be paid on the spot by the offenders.

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Joseph K. Bennett