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Selling of Beer is set to be banned in Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 48 hours before the tournament kicks off – ‘following pressure from Qatari royals’, prompting immediate anger from fans.
An official announcement is expected imminently, but the move has put FIFA on a collision course with Budweiser, the tournament’s biggest sponsors that has a multi-million dollar promotion deal with the organizing body.
FIFA says that alcohol sales will be confined to special ‘fan zones’ where pints cost £12/1463.40 KSH), – only available at certain times and are limited to four per person.
( Foreigners able to purchase alcohol in certain premises, while non-Muslim locals are allowed to drink at home with a permit)
Alcohol will be available as normal in licensed hotels and restaurants.
‘Why is the World Cup here when basic pleasures are taken from you,’ one fan asks.