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McDonalds gives Euro 2016 fans free beer

McDonald’s restaurants in Austria are offering free six-packs of beer to Euro 2016 supporters who have not been able to travel to France for the tournament.

McDonald’s is offering free six-packs of beer to customers in Austria who spend €20 or more on food (Photo: McDonalds)

The fast-food chain said it would be giving all customers ordering food deliveries of €20 (£15) or more the free beer to bring “a stadium-style atmosphere” to Austrian homes during the tournament

The promotion has been launched by McDonald’s in partnership with the Vienna-based Ottakringer Brewery.

McDonalds said the move was also to offer consolation to customers “who cannot be in France right now” to watch their team’s matches.

Beer is served on tap in McDonald’s restaurants in Austria as well as Germany, France, Greece, Portugal, South Korea.

As reported in the drinks business, McDonald’s launched its beer offering in Korea in February of this year

McDonald’s said it does not serve beer in its UK branches because there is “no customer demand” for it and it does not fit in with the “family-friendly focus” of their restaurants in this country.

The Austrian national team is currently bottom of Group F at the European Championships, having lost their opening fixture 2-0 to local rivals Hungary in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, authorities in France have announced a restriction on the sale of alcohol in the city of Lille following violence between England and Russian supporters  this week.

England play Wales in their second Group B match in Lens at 2pm today.

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