No alcohol to be sold at Qatar FIFA World Cup stadiums
FIFA, the soccer world governing body, confirmed two days ago that no alcohol would be sold.
at the eight stadiums hosting the 64 matches. The FIFA statement stated that "Following discussions among host country authorities with FIFA
a determination has been made to center the sale alcohol beverages on FIFA Fan Festival and other fan destinations and licensed venues.
This will remove beer sales points from Qatar's FIFA World Cup stadium perimeter." Muslim countries are considered conservative.
Qatar said in September it would allow ticketed supporters to purchase alcoholic beers at World Cup soccer matches that start three hours prior to kickoff and end one hour after final whistle.
While some fans may be pleased that stadiums are now alcohol-free, others are frustrated and confused, including Arnov Paul Choudhury, a 21-year old student.
"It's the World Cup. It's football. You need to be allowed to drink around stadium," he said to CNN Sport in Doha. "I think they aren't doing enough to draw fans.
Budweiser was ordered to sell beer in each of the eight stadiums' ticketed areas before and after each game.
FIFA's beer partner, the beer brand, tweeted that "Well this is awkward", though it was quickly removed.
"The tournament organisers thank AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support for our joint commitment to cater to everyone during FIFA World Cup Qatar 20,22," said the FIFA statement.
According to The New York Times, Budweiser paid around $75 Million for its FIFA sponsorship agreement.
"As FIFA partners for over 30 years, we look forward our activations FIFA World Cup(tm), around the globe to celebrate football with consumers," stated an AB InBev spokesperson.
The Football Supporters' Alliance (FSA), the national representative of football fans in England and Wales has condemned the decision regarding beer sales.