Qatar to prohibit beer at World Cup stadiums in dramatic reversal just before the tournament begins
November 21, 2022: -Qatar prohibits all beer sales at and all over its World Cup stadiums in a U-turn just two days before the soccer tournament starts. The world’s governing body, FIFA, is confirming on Friday.
“Following discussions amid host country authorities and FIFA, a decision is made aim the sale of alcoholic beverages at the FIFA Fan Festival, different fan destinations and licensed venues, that expells sales points of beer starting FIFA World Cup stadium perimeters, in Qatar”, a quote from FIFA added.
The conservative, gas-rich Muslim nation does not entirely prohibit alcohol for visitors, but its sale and consumption are controlled. Alcohol is typically only permitted in a handful of specifically-licensed hotels and restaurants and far from street view.
The statement said that Budweiser’s non-alcoholic beer, Bud Zero, continues to be sold at eight World Cup stadiums in the area. Alcoholic beer will still be available at expressly permitted fan zones in Qatar. Intoxicated fans will be sent to different places to sober up.
“Host country authorities and FIFA will keep making sure that the stadiums and being around areas provide a fun, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans,” it further said. “The tournament organizers appreciate AB InBev’s knowledge and continued show support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
The reported decision tosses the tournament’s $75 million sponsorship by giant beermaker Budweiser into doubt. It is set to anger many organizers and which attends fans already frustrated regarding recent restrictions to the 92-year-old event.
Qatar had relaxed its alcohol restrictions to permit Budweiser, which has been the World Cup’s big beer distributor since 1986, selling its things in Qatar World Cup official venues, the stadiums and fan zones. This also allowed Budweiser’s parent company, AB InBev, to establish its old contract with FIFA in 2022, almost ten years after Qatar’s hosting offer was confirmed.
The serving of beer during the games was made okay among organizers in September. Still, just in the previous weekend, orders were delivered from the high rungs of the government to move beer tents in stadiums out of view, according to reports.
Friday’s yanks not only brought the tensions of a religiously conservative country which hosts a traditionally beer-soaked tournament into the spotlight but glaring questions regarding planning and management problems.
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