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Qatar banned the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums

Qatar has prohibited the selling of beer at the eight stadiums where FIFA World Cup 2022 matches will be hosted. Qatar’s sudden decision comes after months of tensions with FIFA, football’s global governing body, and only days before the big football event.

Initially, FIFA-sponsor Budweiser was the only beer allowed to be served at official Qatar World Cup venues. Budweiser has been the exclusive World Cup brand since 1986, and parent company AB InBev extended its contract with FIFA until 2022 in a 2011 agreement following Qatar’s confirmation as host.

The World Cup organisers in Qatar finalised a policy in September to distribute beer with alcohol to football fans at stadiums and fan zones in the Muslim-majority country.

The FIFA World Cup kicks off on November 20, with the hosts taking on Ecuador in the opening match of the much-anticipated football world cup.
Almost all restaurants in Qatar that are not affiliated with a high-end hotel or resort are prohibited from selling alcohol. Foreign residents with employer approval can also purchase bottles of liquor, beer, and wine for home consumption at a single Qatar Airways-run depot on the outskirts of Doha.

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