FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in Qatar on Sunday, November 20, In the meantime, World Cup organizers are ready to announce on Friday that no alcoholic beer will be made available to fans inside the stadiums.
Doha: FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in Qatar on Sunday, November 20. In the meantime, World Cup organizers are ready to announce on Friday that no alcoholic beer will be made available to fans inside the stadiums, as stated by a source with knowledge of the decision.
This decision was on the cards as alcohol is banned in all the Middle Eastern nations because it is prohibited in Islam. Indeed, many Muslims openly consume alcohol. That is their personal matter.
The announcement became public just two days before the start of the mega event, the first to be hosted by the Middle East nation where alcoholic beverages have been banned in public.
A large number of football fans will travel to watch matches in countries in the Middle East and South Asia where alcohol is not part of the culture. The presence of alcohol would make it difficult for many fans to enjoy high-quality World Cup matches.
Budweiser, a major World Cup sponsor, has the exclusive rights to sell beer at the tournament, but not openly. It can sell it near the surrounding ticketed area three hours before and one hour after each match, respectively.
Visitors and fans don’t have permission to bring alcohol with them into Qatar; alcohol is sold in bars at some hotels, where beer costs around $15 per half-litre.