FIFA could strictly restrict alcohol gross sales at Qatar World Cup — report | Information | DW

Stadium stands in Qatar will almost certainly not be promoting beer throughout World Cup matches, information businesses reported citing unnamed sources.

“At stadiums, the plans are nonetheless being finalized, however the present dialogue is to permit followers to have beer upon arrival and when leaving stadium, however beer will not be served through the match or contained in the stadium bowl,” one supply advised the Reuters information company.

The match is ready to begin in November this yr and final for 4 weeks. It’s the first soccer occasion of this scale to be held within the Center East.

Qatar, a Muslim-majority nation, solely permits alcohol gross sales underneath strict limitations. Ingesting alcohol in public locations is prohibited. The nation has just one official liquor retailer, positioned outdoors Doha, the place non-Muslim guests can by alcohol — offering they’ve a particular license.

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Alcohol for VIPs

FIFA’s web site states there might be “beer, Champagne, sommelier-selected wines, and premium spirits” accessible in VIP lounges on the stadiums. For atypical followers, nonetheless, beer could be offered outdoors stadiums earlier than and after video games, in keeping with sources cited by the AFP. Some fan websites will solely have the ability to promote alcohol between 10 p. m. and 1 a. m.

On the identical time, the organizers will even arrange a separate fan zone in central Doha for about 40,000 individuals, and distributors there would probably be allowed to supply alcohol with out time restrictions. Two different smaller fan zones will even be allowed to serve alcohol all through the day.

What did FIFA say?

FIFA didn’t instantly touch upon company reviews regarding their alcohol coverage. Beforehand, the world soccer governing physique stated all particulars could be introduced “in the end.”

“Alcohol is already accessible in designated areas in Qatar, akin to resorts and bars, and this is not going to change,” a spokesperson stated, pledging that liquor could be “accessible in extra designated areas through the match.”

Sources cited by the information businesses additionally say that the worth of beer has not but been set, though earlier reviews speculated a pint of beer (0.57 liter) would price round $6 (€5.9).

Some 1.2 tens of millions followers are anticipated to attend the match within the gas-rich nation.

dj/jcg (AFP, Reuters)


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