UK Trend: Controversy following Qatar’s ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in World Cup stadiums
FIFA announced a sudden alteration to the World Cup 2022 regulations two days prior to the commencement of the eagerly-anticipated event; thus, alcohol will not be offered to fans at the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
Alcoholic beverages will still be available for purchase in the stadiums’ corporate sections during the tournament.
History of Alcohol and World Cup
The last-minute U-turn by Qatar has ignited a heated debate among British football fans, who are outraged by the action and are requesting refunds from FIFA. They contend that alcohol consumption is an integral component of the culture surrounding football games and that the experience would be incomplete without it.
Qatar bans alcohol sales at World Cup Stadiums – a great way to piss of one of your major sponsors.
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) November 18, 2022
Many supporters were also infuriated by the idea that alcohol would in fact be served at games, albeit in hospitality boxes, where the cheapest suites cost about £20,000 per game!
Look it’s really simple. Alcohol has been banned from the stadiums in Qatar because it goes against the country’s cultural and religious beliefs, unless you’re spending £19k on an executive box. Then it’s absolutely fine.
— Simon Harris – Man Behaving Dadly (THAT’S DADLY) (@simonharris_mbd) November 18, 2022
Nevertheless, a number of western fans understood and respected the decision to adhere to Qatar’s Islamic law. They maintained that viewing a game is an incredible time in and of itself, and that drinking is not required for enjoyment.
You don't need to drink alcohol to enjoy football.
Alcohol is unhealthy.
Most importantly, it's against Islamic law.
— Robert Carter (@Bob_cart124) November 18, 2022
Qatar is an Islamic country.
The fact there’s “outrage” alcohol won’t be sold is down to your ignorance and lack of self purpose.
I thought it would have been pretty obvious.
— Thomas | The Game of Life (@ItsThomasHaynes) November 18, 2022
Why are people so pressed over Qatar not serving alcohol? Would you understand Muslim fans complaining that they can't get halal food at an English ground? I've followed Reading FC up & down the country for years & never got emotional at having to just buy a twix at every ground.
— Imran Escőbar (@razor5edge) November 18, 2022
Due to the mayhem fans cause as a result of the effects of drinking, many people also agreed with the decision and thought it was the most sensible way to ensure a pleasant world cup.
Who’s to blame?
Fans opposed to the ban were divided between those who held Qatar responsible and others who blamed FIFA for allowing Qatar to host the world cup and for failing to ensure Qatar maintained consistent with its decisions after initially easing its alcohol regulations to allow Budweiser.
Qatar promised alcohol and didn't deliver. That's called doing a Brexit.
— Simon Coombes (@simon_comm) November 18, 2022
I will NEVER understand those attacking Qatar for their rules, direct your anger to FIFA and not Qatar.
Drinking alcohol in Qatar has been prohibited since time immemorial, do you now expect them to break it because of the world cup???
Are you a serious human being???
— SportsDokita (Odogwu ☝️) (@Sports_Doctor2) November 18, 2022
According to Qatari citizens, this ban on alcohol sales is an example of Qatari leadership adhering to Muslim rules. For British and International fans, this was a ‘disgrace’ and allegedly ‘ruined’ the experience they had paid thousands of pounds to enjoy.
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