World Cup Fans ‘Furious’ Over Qatar Beer Rule

World Cup Beer Banned: Fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter will not be allowed to drink alcohol in the stadiums.
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Fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter will not be allowed to drink alcohol in the stadiums, it has been announced. 

The tournament has revealed that booze will not be served during matches and the bars will be shut from kick-off to the final whistle.

However, fans in attendance will still be able to buy alcohol before and after the game.

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A spokesperson for the World Cup said: “At stadiums, the plans are still being finalised, but the current discussion is to allow fans to have beer upon arrival and when leaving the stadium, but beer won’t be served during the match or inside the stadium bowl.” 

International hotels and the exclusive FIFA Fan Zone, which will be located at Al Bidda Park in the centre of the capital city, will all serve alcohol. However, local bars and restaurants will serve during restricted hours.

There will also be an additional drink zone at the Doha Golf Club, which will house up to 20,000 fans and will feature a dance area for those in attendance.

However, fans should prepare to pay a hefty price, with some hotels charging £15 for a pint of beer.

The news of the alcohol ban has divided people on social media.

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Some fans are against the idea, with one user tweeting: “The FIFA World Cup being held in Qatar is such a p***-take for loyal travelling international football fans. The restrictions in Qatar will ruin the experience. No drinking in stadium… What a load of s***.”

Another fan tweeted: “How ya not gonna have alcohol at an event like the World Cup? It’s the f***ing WORLD Cup! If there’s something the whole world enjoys besides soccer it’s drinking.”

However, a lot of people have come out in support of the rule, with one penning: “So suddenly the Qatar World Cup is the worst ever cause ‘there won’t be alcohol allowed,’ honestly if you can’t watch football without drinking seek some help… If your meaning of entertainment relies heavily on drinking that’s just terrible.”

An additional fan commented: “You can say what you want about Qatar being given the World Cup, but suggesting that a country should change its laws for a football tournament is dumb. Plus, if you can’t watch a football match without drinking you probably have a problem.”

The first game of the 2022 World Cup will be played on November 21 at the Al Thumama Stadium, when Senegal plays the Netherlands.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.