2022-11-26 23:02:01

During the Qatar World Cup, the fans on the spot can only drink after the final whistle rings

FIFA and Qatar have reached consensus through many talks

Qatar is very sensitive to the sale of alcoholic beverages because of its own customs, and FIFA has held talks with them for several months before finally determining such operating rules. This is very important for FIFA, because Budweiser is an important sponsor of FIFA in the past few years, and fans from all over the world need to know what they can do during the World Cup. Since FIFA has established a beer sponsorship relationship with Budweiser for a long time since 1986, it is also called "Budweiser Bill".

During the Qatar World Cup, the fans on the spot can only drink after the final whistle rings

Qatar is also exploring some new spaces and methods. For example, at the World Club Cup held at the end of 2019, they set up a fan beer square in a golf club on the outskirts of Doha. Foreign fans did not receive such treatment at the 2006 Doha Asian Games and the 2011 Asian Cup. The purpose is also very simple, which is to divide a special area for international passengers that is different from the traditional "public places". A glass of beer costs about $7, and only a few thousand foreign fans were present.

According to the Daily Mail, during the current Qatar World Cup, when the stadium is open, beer stands can also be opened in the surrounding areas, but must be closed 30 minutes before the start of the game. After that, it will be opened briefly after the competition. FIFA did not confirm the specific time, but a spokesman said that its focus was "to provide services for those who want to enjoy alcoholic beverages while respecting the local culture".

"Ticket holders" will get beer around the stadium "before kick-off and after the final whistle". He added that only Budweiser's zero alcohol beer and designated soft drinks were available in the stadium.

Alcohol is a sensitive topic in sports venues around the world. In England, most Premier League clubs are allowed to sell beer in the stadium, but fans cannot drink in the stadium. Although Qatar does not ban alcohol like neighboring Saudi Arabia, it is only sold in about 35 international hotels and restaurants. Foreign residents can buy alcohol in government stores, but it is illegal to drink in public.

Drinking outside the designated area may be imprisoned for up to half a year

During the Qatar World Cup, the fans on the spot can only drink after the final whistle rings

On August 12, 2022 local time, Doha, Qatar, the panorama of the countdown clock of the 2022 FIFA World Cup marks that there are 100 days left before the start of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar, according to IC photo

Qatar also recently warned fans that drinking outside the designated area would be suspected of violating local laws and face a maximum sentence of six months. A Qatari police officer stressed in an interview with the British media, "I don't need to reiterate the differences between our two countries in all aspects. Our cultural beliefs are almost contradictory. We are very worried and convinced that the government will face the problem of the British being arrested and demanding their release."

The police source strongly suggested that "only fans who are really interested in football should come to Qatar to watch the game. Don't think about celebrating the victory, it will be very dangerous."

The spokesman of the Qatar World Cup Organizing Committee said, "Qatar is a conservative and moderate country. Alcohol is not a part of our culture, but we are very hospitable. We know that the fans who come to watch the game want to drink, and we want to ensure that the wishes of the fans can go smoothly, so we are looking for designated drinking places and ways to reduce the price of beer."

This is not the first time in the history of the World Cup that differences have arisen because of "abstinence". Similar disputes occurred during the preparation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In 2003, Brazil introduced a law prohibiting the sale of beer on football fields; However, in 2012, then Brazilian President Rousseff signed a bill to make an exception for the World Cup, allowing beer sales during the Confederation Cup and the World Cup.

Hu Minjuan, a Red Star journalist

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