QATAR has ban sales of beer in the FIFA World Cup 2022
DOHA, Qatar — Just two days before the biggest sporting event in the world will begin, FIFA announced that beer sales would be prohibited in the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
FIFA announced in a statement that this decision was made “following discussions between officials of the host country as well as FIFA.”
Sales are still permitted at fan events in licensed venues and in-stadium luxury suites that also serve liquor, wine, and custom World Cup 2022 champagne.
FIFA announced that the decision will guarantee “the stadiums and the surrounding areas will provide a fun comfortable, respectful, and enjoyable experience for every fan.”
It is mandatory to sell alcohol. restricted in Qatar, which is an oil-rich Persian Gulf country that follows a highly conservative version of Islam known as Wahhabism. The consumption of alcohol in public places is permitted only in specific establishments and hotels.
Alcohol sales in the stadiums are an ongoing negotiation with Qatar and FIFA, the host of this year’s World Cup in the Middle East for the first time since the tournament started in 1930.
Qatar initially committed to allowing beer sales after winning the bid to host the tournament in 2010 and then reaffirmed the promise when it signed the agreement.
As of the month of September, Qatar, together with FIFA, agreed that allows beer sales in venues but not on concession stands. The rules were tightened in the last week, shifting the alcohol stands to more obscure areas on the stadium’s perimeters and ensuring that fans be required to walk away from the scene to purchase a drink.
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The decision to prohibit alcohol sales is causing concern to both commentators and fans who feel that FIFA does not have complete control over its famous event, particularly since FIFA forced another country that hosts the event, Brazil, to change its laws governing stadium alcohol sales in 2014.
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The company, which has been a long-standing partner of FIFA and is currently involved in talks to renew its agreement with FIFA for the following World Cup, according to the Associated Press.
“Well this isn’t right,” Budweiser wrote in the tweet, which was then deleted.
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