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Stories say Qatar International Cup stadiums will probably be freed from beer, alcohol

DOHA, Qatar: Reports from Doha indicate that during the Qatar World Cup 2022 no alcohol will be served inside the stadiums, with beer sales allowed in arenas only before and after some matches.

The Qatar World Cup, to be held in November, will be the first to be held in a Muslim country where there are strict rules governing the consumption of alcohol.

“At stadiums, the plans are still being finalized, but the current discussion is to allow fans to have beer upon arrival and when leaving stadiums, but beer will not be served during the match or inside the stadium bowl,” said a source, as reported by Reuters.

After pressure from the FIFA governing body in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil lifted a ban on alcohol at stadiums, but there had been questions over alcohol consumption since the Gulf Arab state, where consuming alcohol in public places is illegal, won the right to host the event in 2010.

However, during restricted times, fans will be able to buy beer in certain parts of the main FIFA fan zone in the Al Bidda park in Doha, the Qatari capital.

Alcohol will also be available for 15,000 to 20,000 fans at the Doha Golf Club, a few kilometers away from stadiums and the main fan zone.

“Unlike previous World Cup fan zones, beer will not be served all day long, but at restricted times,” the source added.

A spokesperson for the organizers, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said, in coordination with the FIFA, that plans for the consumption of alcohol will be announced “in due course.”

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“Alcohol is already available in designated areas in Qatar, such as hotels and bars, and this will not change in 2022,” the spokesperson said.

Rules about alcohol sales in soccer stadiums vary around the world. In France, alcohol is not permitted inside stadiums, but in England, it can be sold at stadium concourses, though fans cannot drink in sight of the pitch.