Sunderland and Ipswich Town are leading calls for a change to the law that stops fans from being able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while they watch football games.

The two clubs are backed by Ipswich, Doncaster, Accrington, Port Vale, Forest Green, Lincoln, Tranmere and Northampton.

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SWANSEA, WALES – FEBRUARY 08: A Swansea fan holds onto his match day programme and pint of beer before the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

A Sunderland spokesperson told talkSPORT: “At the Stadium of Light, people can watch Kings of Leon while enjoying a pint, but cannot when watching their football team. This seems discriminatory against football fans.”

The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc) Act 1985 came into force in England and Wales, banning football supporters from consuming alcohol “in view of the pitch”. 30 years on it is still a crime that carries a potential prison sentence.

At the time of writing, Arsenal have not confirmed or denied any plans to consider a similar move at the Emirates.