Liverpool fans' club in Belfast sold cheap vodka as Smirnoff
The Liverpool Supporters' Club in north Belfast has been penalised for selling a cheap brand of vodka while claiming it was Smirnoff.
The Disraeli Street social club was fined £150 yesterday at Belfast Magistrates Court for selling spirit that was "not of the nature demanded to the prejudice of the consumer", with £120 costs awarded to Belfast City Council.
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It followed a guilty plea submitted by the club.
On October 27, 2016, council officers visited the premises and procured a formal sample of vodka taken from a three-litre Smirnoff optic bottle.
Analysis of the vodka found that it was not authentic Smirnoff as the sample did not contain the correct sugar markers for Smirnoff vodka and could therefore not be described as such.
The formal sample was taken as a result of a complaint forwarded to Belfast City Council from Trading Standards, alleging that the club was substituting Smirnoff with a cheaper brand of spirit. The offence is a breach of the Food Safety Order 1991.