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Qatar bans alcohol at World Cup stadiums after late reversal

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World Cup organisers have banned the sale of alcohol round stadiums in Qatar after last-minute showdown talks, FIFA introduced on Friday.

First reported by British newspaper The Instances, FIFA and Qatari organisers had been engaged in late negotiations over whether or not beer could be bought on the stadiums in the course of the match, which begins on Sunday.

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FIFA mentioned in an announcement: “Following discussions between host nation authorities and FIFA, a choice has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic drinks on the FIFA Fan Pageant, different fan locations and licensed venues, eradicating the gross sales factors of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”

Whereas supporters should buy alcohol on the official fan zones in the course of the competitors, the sale of beer on the matches themselves has been a controversial matter.

It appeared an settlement was initially struck to permit FIFA to allow sponsors Budweiser to promote beer on the stadiums. This was then additional clarified within the buildup to the match after The New York Instances first reported that the beer tents could be much less seen on the grounds on request of the hosts.

Nevertheless it emerged there was late strain on FIFA to halt gross sales of alcohol on the stadiums themselves, two days earlier than hosts Qatar kick off the match on Sunday in opposition to Ecuador.

“There isn’t any influence to the sale of Bud Zero which can stay accessible in any respect Qatar’s World Cup stadiums,” FIFA added.

“Host nation authorities and FIFA will proceed to make sure that the stadiums and surrounding areas present an pleasant, respectful and nice expertise for all followers.

“The match organisers admire AB InBev’s understanding and steady assist to our joint dedication to cater for everybody in the course of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

The World Cup was awarded to Qatar again in 2010, however regardless of the competitors beginning in two days, the state of affairs across the sale of beer is only one of a number of last-minute changes and teething issues occurring in Qatar.

Constructing work is ongoing across the varied fan parks, transport hubs and stadiums. In the meantime, a few of the non permanent fan lodging has additionally are available in for heavy criticism.

There are extra luxurious choices accessible, such because the ships docked in Doha. On the Previous Port, there are already two, huge passenger ships ready for followers to board, with a 3rd anticipated to reach on Friday. The port has additionally undergone reconstruction to supply eating places and retailers to these staying there, however on Thursday there was nonetheless last-minute constructing work being undertaken.

The identical goes for the metro hubs and stadiums, the place the buildings and grounds are able to host however the areas across the amenities are nonetheless being completed off.

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