FIFA World Cup 2022: Beer ban announced in Qatar stadiums

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Beer ban announced in Qatar stadiums  (Image: Pixabay)
FIFA World Cup 2022: Beer ban announced in Qatar stadiums (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : FIFA on Friday announced that the beer sale inside Qatar stadiums will remain banned during the games. The decision from the world cup organizers come a couple of days before the launch of world's biggest sporting event.

FIFA and Qatar organizers have been having a discussion on the sale of liquor from a long time and now FIFA has officially announced on its official website that the beer sale will remain banned in the stadiums.

"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 the sales points of beer from Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters," FIFA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the fans will be allowed to purchase alcohol from fan zones. The ban has been placed only on the sale of beer.

"There is no impact on the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all of 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 continued support of our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," it further said in the statement.

Earlier, the authority has announced a ban on short or revealing clothes for women fans coming to watch the game at the stadium.

"Attitudes towards dressing in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for the local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothes in public. It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered," read a statement issued by Qatar Tourism on their website.

FIFA will officially begin on November 20 (Sunday) and will be a month long event till 18 December 2022.