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Fifa says there is no ban on alcohol during Qatar World Cup as yet

13-Nov-2016 :

There is no ban on beer for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Wednesday during a visit to Doha. At least, not yet — negotiations haven’t begun on what if any alcohol will be served in the stadiums.

“We are going to reach a stage when we discuss not only alcohol but food as well,” Samoura said. “We do respect the customs and the culture of the country.”

Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, which is overseeing preparations for the World Cup, told a local newspaper this week that he doesn’t want alcohol served at the event. He said Wednesday that he personally favoured an alcohol ban, but that it wasn’t official policy.

A ban on beer would be the latest conflict between the 2022 World Cup host nation and the global football body. Beer company Budweiser is a top-tier sponsor of Fifa and has been for years, so any restrictions on the company’s ability to turn its sponsorship dollars into sales would be controversial. Beer, wine and liquor are sold in Qatar in some hotels and to foreign residents who hold a special permit.

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