24-hour alcohol ban in Lens on Euro 2016 matchdays

French authorities will impose a 24-hour drinking ban in the centre of Lens when the city hosts its European Championship games.

British Police, who will work alongside their French counterparts in Lens and other Euro 2016 host cities, said the bans will be in effect for 24-hours from 6am on four dates - including when England face Wales on June 16.

The dates the city will host Euro 2016 games are:

  • June 11: Albania v Switzerland

  • June 16: England v Wales

  • June 21: Czech Republic v Turkey

  • June 25: Round of 16

Alcohol will not be sold in bars and stores in the centre of Lens, but will be available inside the 35,000-capacity Stade Bollaert-Delelis stadium.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who leads football policing in Britain, said the alcohol ban is meant to deter ticketless fans overwhelming the northern French city on matchdays.

The tournament starts on June 10, with the final held on July 10.