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Qatar World Cup: Beer Sales To Be Banned At Stadiums — Reports

Officials from Qatar have stopped the sale of alcohol at World Cup stadiums, in a sudden change to their alcohol policy days before the tournament starts.

The U-turn represents the latest development in the plan for alcohol sales at the tournament. This has increased tensions between FIFA, the global governing body of football, and Qatari officials.

Qatar prohibits the sale of alcohol. However, alcohol was to be sold in areas outside stadiums and within fan zones as well as in hotels throughout the World Cup. Budweiser, one the largest sponsors of Fifa, was asked last week to move stalls that sell its products from stadiums to more prominent locations. Social media shared videos of the stalls being removed.

The New York Times reports that Friday’s decision to ban all sales of alcoholic beer was confirmed by the New York Times. A statement by Qatari organizers will be made later today.

Budweiser was one of Fifa’s largest sponsors and had exclusive rights for beer sales at World Cup matches. Fifa continues to be a key partner of the company, and if alcohol sales were indeed banned, Fifa could be violating its multi-million-dollar contract with it.

Budweiser owner AB InBev was contacted for comment.

Sky News was informed by AB InBev that it had been asked to move its stalls following the request. Fifa is working with us to provide the best experience possible for fans. We are focusing on providing the best consumer experience in the new environment.

Fifa was criticised for bringing the World Cup to Qatar over the years. The controversy continues to plague the event, even as the first game approaches. After security threatened to destroy the Danish TV2 camera during a live broadcast, Qatari officials apologized. The organizers of the tournament had to also reject allegations of fake fans walking through Doha’s streets while a video on social media showing basic accommodation received millions of hits.

Sunday’s World Cup begins with Qatar, the host country, taking on Ecuador in the first match.

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