By Elohor Igbru
Will you be in Qatar to watch the world cup and love to drink beer? Well, you may have to shelve the idea of beer guzzling at the fiesta as the Qatari government has decided to ban the sale and drinking of alcoholic drinks inside the world cup stadia.
This is a dramatic change to what the government had said in the past that it may permit the sale of alcohol in some parts of the stadium.
The world governing body, FIFA made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Friday.
But all is not gloomy as beer lovers will still have access to their favorite drinks at the FIFA Fan Festival and other designated and approved venues.
FIFA said: “Following discussions between host country authorities and Fifa, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the Fifa fan festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” FIFA wrote.
“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero, which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.
“Host country authorities and Fifa will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.”