No Alcohol Allowed at the World Cup’s Eight Stadiums

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With just two days to the onset of World Cup, Fifa adjusts its policies, banning any kind of Alcohol to be sold in the eight stadiums in Qatar.

Following the discussions held by Qatar authorities and Fifa, a decision was made that Alcohol can be sold only in corporate areas of the stadium in the tournament.

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Previously alcohol was allowed within given points of the stadiums, but was later barred due to strict policies of the muslim countries on alcohol.

However, Budweiser who is a considerable sponsor of Fifa, owns AB In Bev beer company, has exclusive rights to sell beer at the World Cup.

A statement was shortly released, explaining the major points where alcohol will be allowed, thuis areas include, Fifa fan festivals, other fan destinations and licensed venues.

“Following discussions between host country authorities and Fifa, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the Fifa fan festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” said a statement from world football’s governing body.

“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.

“Host country authorities and Fifa will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.

“The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022.” Read the statement.

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On the other hand, the Football Supporters Association (FSA), are condemning the decision, claiming that the timing for it is poor for most fans like beer.

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“Some fans like a beer at a game and some don’t, but the real issue is the last minute U-turn which speaks to a wider problem – the total lack of communication and clarity from the organising committee towards supporters,” FSA Spokesperson declared.

“If they can change their minds on this at a moment’s notice, with no explanation, supporters will have understandable concerns about whether they will fulfil other promises relating to accommodation, transport or cultural issues.”

The World Cup is set to start Sunday, November 20, with Qatar playing Ecuador.

Also Read: 2022 Qatar World Cup – Full Squads

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