Qatar outlaw sale of beer near stadiums during World Cup in late U-turn

November 18, 2022

Beer will no longer be sold anywhere near stadiums during the World Cup in a U-turn from Qatar.

The sale of alcohol is highly restricted in the nation, only allowed to be sold at hotel restaurants and bars with special licenses.

However, they were set to loosen their rules for the World Cup, allowing beer to be sold at fan zones and outside the stadiums after agreeing a deal with Budweiser.

Just two days before the tournament kicks off though, they’ve changed their minds on the matter, deciding that beer won’t in fact be sold in the vicinity of any of the eight stadiums.

“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, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” a FIFA statement reads.

“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all of Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.

“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.”

According to The Times, Qatar’s rulers have been pushing for the more restrictive rules to be implemented.

Those who have paid for hospitality boxes at the stadiums, which cost a minimum of £19,000 will still be allowed to consume alcohol though, but they’ll be the only people inside the venues that can do so.