A few days before the start of the World Cup: the beer dispute escalates – Qatar apparently does not keep to agreements

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Shortly before the start of the World Cup, host country Qatar is apparently having beer stands at the stadiums dismantled on its own. The brewery reacts.

Munich/Qatar – Tue Soccer World Cup in Qatar (20 November to 18 December) is pending, and apparently there is a risk of trouble because of the beer being served. Because the host of the World Cup 2022 does not stick to agreements?

Football World Cup 2022: Beer trouble shortly before the start of the World Cup

Because: A few days before the start of the soccer World Cup, the strictly Islamic emirate changed its strategy with regard to serving alcohol during the World Cup games. According to media reports, the stands that were already set up around the stadiums were dismantled and are now to be set up in other places. As the picture reported, the Qataris would continue to push for a ban, but the world football association Fifa and their beer sponsor held against it.

“We are working with Fifa to ensure that fans have the best possible access to our products,” said the brewery and group of companies Anheuser-Busch InBev, a major sponsor of the world governing body Fifa. The company serves the Budweiser brand, which is the beer sponsor of the World Cup. They were informed on Saturday (November 12) and are working with Fifa “to move the sales outlets to the desired locations. Our focus is on providing the best possible customer experience under the new conditions.”

It was intended that fans would be allowed to buy alcoholic beer in certain zones within the stadium areas during the tournament – but not directly in the arenas and only before and after the Playing the 2022 World Cup.

Alcohol-free beer is served in the stadiums. In the evening, serving is also permitted at the official fan festival in the center of the capital, Doha.

Soccer World Cup 2022: Strict alcohol rules in Qatar during the World Cup

alcohol is in Qatar not entirely banned, but is only served to a very limited extent – ​​for example in bars or restaurants in certain hotels. Foreigners who have a residence permit can also buy it in a shop, but must be older than 21 and need a permit to do so. It remains to be seen how the fans of the different Teams at the 2022 World Cup deal with the comparatively strict alcohol regulations. (pm/dpa)

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