World Cup hosts Qatar plan to send footie fans to desert to drink booze – The Sun

MUSLIM World Cup hosts Qatar plan to banish boozy footie fans into the desert.
Officials have warned Fifa alcohol will be banned at all stadiums in the 2022 event.

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Tournament official Hassan Al Thawadi is against the provision of alcohol at football event
Fan bars will be shunted to remote 113F (45C) desert sites at least an hour from match venues to avoid offending locals.
Tournament official Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Drinking will only be allowed in specific far away places.
“I’m personally against the provision of alcohol in stadiums and public places.”
Fifa and sponsors, including beer giant Budweiser, want talks with the state’s religious rulers in the New Year.
World Cup hosts Qatar plan to send footie fans to desert to drink booze - The Sun
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Fans will have to drink in the desert at least an hour away from match venues
The only compromise so far is fan zones away from cities.
An English FA source said: “Who in their right mind would go to an Arab state where they shunt you miles into the desert to get a pint before the game?
“Sponsors like Budweiser are in an awkward position and there are real fears of a global boycott.”
A Fifa official said: “We have to reach an agreement to please fans, Qatar and sponsors.”

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