Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a U-turn to Qatar World Cup organisers’ move to allow the sale of beer, now the hosts have reportedly asked FIFA to stop the sale of the alcoholic drink at all eight stadiums.

As per reports, beer stands at the eight World Cup stadiums are being moved aside to less prominent spots. The hosts of the mega event now want to go even further and a decision is expected soon. But it is believed beer could be banned from all stadiums.

Notably, Qatar had consented when launching its historic hosting bid in 2009 to respect FIFA’s commercial partnerships, including the long-established Budweiser deal. The deal was renewed 11 years ago with brewer AB InBev through the 2022 tournament.

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As per the alcohol policy of FIFA, champagne, wines and spirits as well as beer will be served at stadium restaurants and lounges for corporate hospitality clients. Fans staying in most high-end hotels and three cruise ships hired by organisers as floating hotels for the tournament can also buy a range of alcoholic drinks.

On the other hand, public drunkenness is punishable by hefty fines and jail in Qatar.

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