January 27, 2023



2 days to 2022 World Cup kick-off, FIFA bans alcohol gross sales at Qatar stadiums


World soccer governing physique, FIFA, has declared that alcohol gross sales shall be banned on the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar, two days earlier than the world’s largest sporting occasion begins.

FIFA whereas revealing this in a press release, stated the choice had been made “following discussions between host nation authorities and FIFA.”

Based on the assertion, gross sales are nonetheless permitted on the FIFA Fan Competition and licensed venues.

FIFA stated the choice would guarantee “the stadiums and surrounding areas present an pleasing, respectful and nice expertise for all followers.”

The sale of alcohol is strictly managed in Qatar, an energy-rich Persian Gulf nation that follows a conservative type of Islam often known as Wahhabism. Alcohol is simply allowed in sure accommodations and eating places, away from public view on the streets.

The sale of alcohol on the stadiums has been a long-running negotiation between Qatar and FIFA, which is internet hosting the World Cup within the Center East for the primary time because the event kicked off in 1930.

The choice to ban alcohol gross sales reveals the soccer organisation doesn’t have full management of its signature occasion, particularly as Budweiser has paid tens of tens of millions of {dollars} for the proper to be the official alcohol sponsor at World Cup occasions.

Budweiser, a serious World Cup sponsor, owned by beer maker AB InBev, was to completely promote alcoholic beer throughout the ticketed perimeter surrounding every of the eight stadiums three hours earlier than and one hour after every recreation.

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“Event organisers admire AB InBev’s understanding and steady help to our joint dedication to cater for everybody in the course of the FIFA World Cup,” the assertion stated.

The reversal of that coverage comes after long-term negotiations between FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Budweiser, and executives from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy (SC), which is organising the World Cup, a supply with information of the negotiations informed Reuters on situation of anonymity.

Questions have swirled across the function alcohol would play at this yr’s World Cup since Qatar gained internet hosting rights in 2010. Whereas not a “dry” state like neighbouring Saudi Arabia, consuming alcohol in public locations is prohibited in Qatar.

Guests can’t carry alcohol into Qatar, even from the airport’s responsibility free part, and most can’t purchase alcohol on the nation’s solely liquor retailer.

Alcohol is offered in bars at some accommodations, the place beer prices round $15 per half-litre.