Qatar ‘want alcohol sales in World Cup stadiums to be BANNED as they pressure FIFA to make last minute change just 48 hours before tournament kicks off’… which would leave governing body in breach of multi-million pound Budweiser deal
- Qatar want to force FIFA into a last-minute alcohol ban at World Cup stadiums
- Reports suggest officials are putting pressure on governing body for U-turn
- Any change would result in a breach of their multi-million pound Budweiser deal
Qatari officials are demanding FIFA remove sales of alcohol from World Cup stadiums according to reports – just 48 hours before the tournament gets underway.
Issues over alcohol consumption have plagued the build up to the tournament, with the Islamic country overtly uneasy about alcohol consumption in public areas.
The price of beer for supporters making their way to Qatar has already made headlines, with fan parks selling bottles of Budweiser for £12, and limits set on how many drinks can be ordered.
And now, according to The Times, Qatar want FIFA to perform a dramatic U-turn on the availability of drinks inside stadiums, pushing for an all-out ban at all eight venues.
The publication says the removal of sales of Budweiser is ‘likely’, after Qatar’s Al Thani royal family got involved.
Qatar are pressuring FIFA into applying a ban on selling alcohol inside World Cup venues
FIFA had already conceded some compromise on beer sales inside stadiums, by moving vending stalls to less visible areas.
If Qatar does it get its way, FIFA will be in breach fo a multi-million pound deal with Budweiser and could be set to see a sizeable chunk of their profits from the tournament disappear.
It is understood that hospitality suites, which start at £19,000, would be the only places where alcohol could be consumed inside a stadium, should the ban be imposed.
It is likely that fan parks, which have already been criticised for pricing of drinks, will be the only public areas where supporters are able to buy alcohol.
Venues, such as Stadium 974, are likely to not be serving beer to supporters inside the ground