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2022 World Cup: Stadium Beer Sales Nixed by Qatari Officials

Nov 18, 2022

Just two days before the start of the World Cup, Qatari organizers have banned the sale of alcoholic beverages at all of the tournament’s eight stadiums.

The stunning reversal, first reported by British newspaper The Times, comes after FIFA and Qatari officials were reportedly engaged in late negotiations over whether beer would be sold.

“Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues,” FIFA announced. The decision, the governing body said, would mean “removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”

Supporters will still be able to purchase alcohol at designated fan zones throughout the month-long competition, but would no longer be able to buy alcoholic beverages during matches. Attendees that have a corporate hospitality ticket to matches will be able to get alcohol in specific suites inside the various stadiums, but those tickets are currently priced at above $20,000. 

FIFA did say that the decision will have no impact on the availability of non-alcoholic drinks from one of its lead sponsors, Budweiser.

"There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar's World Cup stadiums," FIFA added.

“Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.”

Alcohol consumption is not a crime in Qatar, though it is illegal to drink or be drunk in public. Visitors are not allowed to bring alcohol into the country, and are not permitted to shop at the nation’s lone liquor store located on the outskirts of Doha. They are allowed to purchase alcohol at a handful of licensed hotels and clubs.

FIFA’s decision also may complicate its $75 million sponsorship agreement with Budweiser, according to The New York Times. The beverage company tweeted, “Well, this is awkward,” after the news was announced, but the post has since been deleted.

“The tournament organizers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” FIFA added in its own statement.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, which owns the beer brand, commented on FIFA’s decision to Sky Sports saying in a statement, “Some of the planned stadium activations cannot move forward due to circumstances beyond our control.”

The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on Sunday. 
Sun Nov 20 07:18:48

Forbidding alcohol consumption may lead to fewer soccer riots.

Evidence suggests that it may lead to more terrorism though.

Sun Nov 20 07:48:40
Personally, if I were a big fan of any sport and bought tickets to see a game. I would be quite content to go and watch said game without contending with a constant stream of drunks pushing past me to get to the bar to buy more beer.

A few years back my wife (who had never seen a live pro game) and I along with my stepson and his wife went to see a game at Gillet Stadium. We paid over $100 a seat in the nose bleed seats. We were about 6 seats from the aisle. Unfortunately we had a group of drunks who were already drunk when they took their seats, sitting next to us and they spent the whole game going back and forth to the bar or to piss or both.
Not being the brightest bulb on the tree, I never thought of trading seats with them until after the game was over.
Those assholes paid no attention to the game and were goofing around with themselves the whole fucking game.
I have nothing against drinking. I still have a shot or two of whiskey every night. And have been, in my younger years, drunk on a fair number of occasions. But I made it a point to not let my drinking interfere with others and my own other interests.
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