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Alcohol sales banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar

The FIFA World Cup is set to kickoff on Sunday, Nov 20, when Qatar play Ecuador.

Alcohol sales have been banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar!

Two days before the start of the tournament, FIFA has changed its policy stating that Alcohol will not be sold to fans at the World Cup’s eight stadiums in Qatar!

However, those in corporate areas of stadiums at the tournament will still be able to purchase alcohol.

It is pertinent  to mention here that Budweiser, a major sponsor of FIFA, is owned by beer maker AB InBev and had exclusive rights to sell beer at the World Cup.

Earlier, alcohol was set to be served in select areas within stadiums, despite its sale being strictly controlled in the Muslim country.

The FIFA World Cup is set to kickoff on Sunday when Qatar play Ecuador.

Statement from FIFA:

“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,” said a statement from world football’s governing body.

“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all 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.

“The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022.”



Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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