Days before the event’s start, FIFA confirmed that Qatar World Cup stadiums would not sell alcohol. The decision came after several discussions between the governing body and the host nation. As a result, organizers will remove beer vendors within the stadiums.
The Muslim country is highly conservative, with strict controls over alcohol sales and consumption.
In September, Qatar announced that they would allow ticketed supporters of World Cup soccer events to buy alcoholic beverages. Sales would be three hours before kickoff and end an hour after the final whistle. However, beer will not be available during the game.
No Alcohol for Sale in Qatar World Cup Stadiums
While some fans are relieved that the stadiums are alcohol-free, others are perplexed and upset. According to bookie software experts, Budweiser planned to sell alcohol before and after each game. However, they can only sell beer within ticketed areas of the stadiums.
The beer company, a FIFA partner, tweeted, “Well, this is embarrassing,” but the remark was shortly deleted. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, owns Budweiser. Sportsbook PPH sources show Budweiser spends roughly $75 million for its sponsorship relationship with FIFA.
The Football Supporters Association (FSA), England and Wales’ national representative group for football supporters has denounced the decision on alcohol sales.
According to sportsbook pay per head reports, the Qatar World Cup 2022 takes place from November 20 to December 18.