Young's defends itself against George Best scandal

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Young's Brewery has been forced to defend itself following press accusations that George Best should not have been allowed to buy alcohol in one of...

Young's Brewery has been forced to defend itself following press accusations that George Best should not have been allowed to buy alcohol in one of its pubs.

Mr Best, a famous ex-footballer and a recovering alcoholic, was given a new liver last year after promising not to drink again. But reports in the national press have claimed that he has been drinking alcohol in the Young's pub the Chequers Hotel in Tadworth, Surrey for months.

Michael Hardman, spokesman for Young's Brewery, has denied that its staff had done anything wrong in serving him and that over the last four months he had drunk only a couple of white wine spritzers in the pub.

Mr Hardman said: "Publicans are not medically trained and should not have that responsibility, otherwise they would have to stop everyone. The manager and staff in the pub are from Australia and New Zealand and the name George Best means nothing to them.

"George is welcome here anytime and next time he comes in we will agree that he does not ask for or be served with alcohol - that's best for him and best for us."

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A Youngs licensee has been criticised for serving wine to recovering alcoholic George Best. We asked if you would serve George alcohol - here's how you voted:
Yes:​ 60 per cent
No:​ 40 per cent

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