The FIFA World Cup 2022 is just one day away, and fans are eagerly anticipating the quadrennial footballing extravaganza in Qatar. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced the ban on selling alcohol in the World Cup stadiums in Qatar and the surrounding areas.
FIFA did not indicate the reason behind this sudden decision, pointing out in its statement that the sale of alcoholic beverages will be limited only to fan areas, with “the removal of beer sales centers from the vicinity of the 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar.”
FIFA said in its statement, “After several discussions with the State of Qatar and the authorities there, we took this decision to limit drinking alcohol to participants in FIFA entertainment festivals only instead of the tournament stadiums, which means removing all outlets for selling alcohol in the stadiums.”
It further added, “Drinks without alcohol will remain as they are in the stadiums, and Qatar will try to provide the necessary environment for the fans to have an enjoyable and respectful experience in various places during the tournament period.”
FIFA concluded its statement, “The Organizing Committee greatly respects AB InBev’s understanding of this decision and its determination to show us sufficient support during the World Cup.”
The World Cup is scheduled to start on Sunday, and will continue until December 18, which is the first time that the most important football event in the world is held in the Middle East.