England fans went on a ‘beer hunt’ in Qatar and ‘lion watching’ at the royal palace

England football fans who drank beer from the Qatari royal family are interviewed. Captured from Marca, Spain

There is no such thing as ‘30,000 leagues in search of beer’. With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar opening for the first time in the Middle East and ‘country of the week’, fans from all over the world are going on a ‘drink hunt’.

On the 21st (local time), various foreign media paid attention to the sight of fans who want to enjoy drinking during the World Cup held in Qatar, which suddenly banned the sale of beer in the stadium two days before the opening, wandering from around the area in search of alcohol.

In particular, the Spanish media MARCA presented a special case where a group of English fans who were wandering around looking for beer arrived at the palace of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar.

After wandering around looking for beer, they got into the back seat of a Toyota Land Cruiser they saw on the road.

US soccer fans cheer as the US team scores the first goal during Qatar’s World Cup match against the US at Legends Plaza at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, US, on the 21st (local time). The match between the United States and Wales at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium that day ended in a 1-1 draw. © AFP=News1 © News Reporter1 Choi Jong-il

Alex Sullivan, who came to Qatar to support England during the World Cup, said he had a great time at Sheikh Palace.

His colleague John said, “Last night we met one of the sons of the Sheikh, and he took us to the palace and gave us a tour.”

“He had a lion and everything. We were welcomed and it couldn’t have been better,” he exclaimed. In fact, a video of them touching the lion directly in the palace was also released through the media.

“It was crazy,” they laughed, recalling their unusual experience the night before.

In Qatar, where the sale and consumption of alcohol is strictly regulated, the sale of alcoholic beverages in stadiums was completely banned during the World Cup period.

US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln watches the match between the US and Wales at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 21st (local time). © Reuters = News1 © News1 Reporter Dongmyeong Woo

With the exception of the VIP room and a small number of Qatari residents with special permits, alcohol cannot be purchased anywhere in the stadium.

At the time of the initial bid for the World Cup, there were many voices of concern about not being able to drink alcoholic beverages in Qatar, an Islamic country.

Qatar had announced its policy of selling alcohol in designated areas until two days before the opening, but at the request of the royal family, the sale of alcohol was suddenly banned.

Travelers to Qatar during the World Cup can only purchase alcohol in licensed hotel restaurants and bars, as long as they are 21 years of age or older.

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