During the World Cup matches in Qatar NO beer will be sold in the stadiums

FIFA confirms that NO beer will be sold in the stadiums during World Cup matches in Qatar, but ensures fans are allowed to drink in the stadium area “before kick-off and after the final whistle”.

  • FIFA has confirmed that no beer will be sold during World Cup matches in Qatar
  • Fans are allowed to drink “before kick-off and after the final whistle”.
  • They came to the decision after discussions with authorities in the Muslim Gulf state

No beer will be sold in stadiums during World Cup matches in Qatar, where alcohol is severely restricted, but FIFA said Saturday drinking will be allowed in the stadium area before and after matches.

After months of delicate talks with the authorities of the conservative Muslim Gulf state, the global body has released the first details on beer sales.

The issue is important to FIFA as beer maker Budweiser has been a key sponsor for the past three decades, while overseas fans have also been wondering what to expect at the November 20-December 18 tournament.

Qatar has forecast more than a million visitors for the World Cup.

A source with knowledge of the plans said beer stands would open in zones around stadiums when the gates open for a game and close 30 minutes before the start of each game.

The source said the grandstands would reopen for a short time after the game.

FIFA has confirmed that fans will not be able to purchase beer during matches at the World Cup

FIFA has confirmed that fans will not be able to purchase beer during matches at the World Cup

Qatar expects more than a million visitors for the tournament at the end of the year

Qatar expects more than a million visitors for the tournament at the end of the year

FIFA has not confirmed the times, but a spokesman said it was focused on “serving those who want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while respecting local culture”.

In a statement to AFP, the spokesman said “ticket holders” would be given access to beer “within the stadium area before kick-off and after the final whistle”.

Only Budweiser non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available in the stadiums, the spokesman added.

Coca-Cola, another major sponsor, has the sole right to sell soft drinks in the eight stadiums used for the first World Cup to be held in a Muslim country.

A spokesman said only Budweiser non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available

A spokesman said only Budweiser non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available

FIFA has tried to find a balance between fans while respecting local cultures

FIFA has tried to find a balance between fans while respecting local cultures

Alcohol is a sensitive issue in stadiums around the world. In England, most Premier League clubs allow beer to be sold inside stadiums, but fans are not allowed to drink within sight of the pitch.

While alcohol is not banned in Qatar like neighboring Saudi Arabia, it is only sold in about 35 international hotels and restaurants. Foreign residents can purchase alcohol from government stores. Drinking in public is illegal.

Budweiser’s parent company, AB InBev, has not commented on FIFA’s plans, but has said in the past that it is looking for “respectful” ways to sell its product at the World Cup in Qatar.

Traditionally, beer was sold in fan zones throughout the day at previous World Cups.

Supporters can drink

Supporters can drink “before kick-off and after the final whistle” in zones near the stadium

However, the FIFA spokesman said it would not be available until 6.30pm at the FIFA Fan Festival Zone in Doha.

Qatar’s World Cup organizers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, have not released details about alcohol sales in the fan zones it organizes.

It tested beer sales at the FIFA Club World Cup 2019, when a glass of beer cost around $7 in a special zone on the outskirts of Doha. Only a few thousand foreign fans attended.

According to industry sources, fans may need to buy tickets to access the local non-FIFA zones where beer will be sold at the World Cup.

FIFA says it's trying to cater

FIFA says it’s trying to cater “for those who want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at matches”.

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Maureen Mackey

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