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FIFA bans the sale of alcohol in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums after the country’s royal family calls for the ban

FIFA ban sales of alcohol at World Cup stadiums?in?Qatar after the country

Fifa banned the sale of alcohol in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums just 48 hours before the start of the tournament after the country’s royal family called for the ban.

“Following discussions between the host country authorities and FIFA, it has been decided to concentrate the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing the point of sale.

“There is no impact on the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar World Cup stadiums,” the FIFA statement added.

“The host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and enjoyable experience for all fans.” Budweiser was to sell beer within the ticketing perimeter surrounding each of the eight stadiums before and after each game.

Budweiser, who are one of FIFA’s partners, tweeted: “Well that’s embarrassing”, although the social media post was quickly deleted.

The beer brand is owned by the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“Tournament organizers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continued support of our shared commitment to meeting the needs of all during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the FIFA statement continued.

The move puts Fifa in a possible row with Budweiser, which reportedly has a sponsorship deal worth $75 million with the host body.

Brian Davidson, the first Qatar fan to drink an official World Cup beer, said: “I’m devastated, it just doesn’t make sense.” What’s wrong with drinking beer at a game?

“Beer was not going to be sold inside stadiums anyway, just in the lobby.

“Millions of people come from all over the world and just want to watch football, enjoy the sun and have a few beers.

“I will only have to go to the Fan Zones or to a hotel for a drink, but it’s really a shame that the Qataris have implemented this ban.”

German fan Daniel Schwestka, 30, from Düsseldorf, said: “Football without beer is not football.”

He added: “I go to many matches, even in the German third leagues, and you can have a beer. It’s normal to drink beer in football and it’s the World Cup.

“When I arrived in Doha yesterday I had two bottles of whiskey, my luggage and they took it from me at the airport.

“I knew it was going to be difficult to drink here. But how can they ban beer in current stadiums. It’s ridiculous,

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