World Cup 2022: Ban on alcohol sales at Qatar

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Qatar dates:
November 20th to December 18th
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Alcohol is no longer sold in Qatar’s eight World Cup stadiums after FIFA changed its policy two days before the start of the tournament.

Alcohol was supposed to be served “in certain areas within the stadium”, but its sale was strictly controlled in a Muslim country.

Alcohol can be purchased by anyone in the corporate area of ​​the stadium during the tournament.

The World Cup kicks off on Sunday, with Qatar playing Ecuador. FIFA’s main sponsor, Budweiser, is owned by beer maker AB InBev and had exclusive rights to sell beer at the World Cup.

“Following discussions with the host country authorities and FIFA, we have decided to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages at FIFA Fan Festivals, other fan destinations and sanctioned venues, and remove beer vendors from the stadium areas of the FIFA World Cup. It has been decided to play in Qatar in 2022,” the World Football Association said in a statement.

“There is no impact on sales of Bud Zero, which will continue to be available in all World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

“The host country authorities and FIFA will continue to strive to ensure that the stadium and surrounding areas provide all fans with a comfortable, respectful and enjoyable experience.

“Tournament organizers thank AB InBev for his understanding and continued support of our shared commitment to catering for everyone at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.”

Budweiser posted a message on Twitter on Friday, but the post was later deleted. A spokesman for AB InBev said that “part of the planned stadium revitalization” cannot proceed due to “circumstances beyond our control”.

The Football Supporters Association (FSA) criticized the timing of the decision to ban beer sales to most fans.

“Some fans like to drink beer at the game, some don’t, but the real problem was his U-turn at the last minute, which points to a bigger problem. Organizing Committee fans. There is a complete lack of communication and clarity to the FSA,” said an FSA spokesperson.

“If they can suddenly change their minds without explanation, supporters will have legitimate concerns about meeting other commitments related to housing, transportation and cultural issues.”

In August, FIFA changed the start date of the World Cup so that the first match of the competition would be Qatar vs. Ecuador.

The match was due to be played as his third match on November 21, with Senegal-Netherlands scheduled to be the opener earlier in the day.


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