Also read – ‘Big mistake by FIFA to allow World Cup in Qatar where there is no equality between men and women’: Former Germany player
The position of the Qatar government which does not allow the sale of alcohol in and around the stadiums is also an obstacle for FIFA. FIFA has a deal worth crores of rupees with Budweiser. Budweiser’s plan was to sell alcoholic beer at the ticket counters of each of the eight stadiums three hours before and one hour after each game. With the new decision, they will have to abandon this plan now.
Also Read-Womens fans who come to watch the World Cup will be jailed if they don’t wear ‘modest’ clothes
Following negotiations between the host country’s authorities and FIFA, Qatar has decided to remove alcohol sales points from the site of the World Cup stadiums. “Alcohol will be sold at the FIFA Fan Festival and fan centers and other licensed venues,” a FIFA spokesman said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Budweiser has announced that its non-alcoholic beer will be sold at the stadium site. Qatar is a country where visitors cannot bring alcohol even from airport duty free shops.