Host nation Qatar has banned the sale of alcohol in and across the World Cup two days earlier than the worldwide event begins, FIFA confirmed in a press release on Friday.
When Qatar gained the internet hosting rights to the World Cup in 2010, officers there agreed to promote alcohol at occasion stadiums, The New York Occasions reported. Two days away from the World Cup’s graduation, the Qatari authorities reversed its resolution.
“Following discussions between host nation authorities and FIFA, a choice has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic drinks on the FIFA Fan Competition, different fan locations and licensed venues, eradicating gross sales factors of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” the soccer group mentioned.
Folks can purchase alcoholic drinks at permitted fan zones after 6:30 p.m. native time, and drunk followers shall be despatched to sober up at particular zones, CNBC reported.
The consumption of alcohol is permitted amongst vacationers within the Gulf nation, and the Qatari authorities strictly controls its sale and consumption with many licensed lodges and eating places being permitted. Nonalcoholic Bud Zero will nonetheless be bought on the Qatar stadium.
begins Sunday and goes via Dec. 18. Groups from 32 nations will compete towards one another together with Staff USA, which hasn’t certified for the occasion since 2014.