Qatar wants the sale of alcohol in World Cup stadiums banned because they are pressuring FIFA to make last-minute changes just 48 hours before the tournament starts.
- Qatar wants to force FIFA to impose a last-minute alcohol ban in World Cup stadiums
- Reports suggest officials are pressuring the governing body to reverse
- Any change would result in a breach of their multi-million pound Budweiser deal
Qatari officials are demanding that FIFA, according to reports, stop the sale of alcohol from World Cup stadiums – just 48 hours before the tournament kicks off.
Problems with alcohol consumption have plagued the run-up to the tournament, with the Islamic country openly concerned about drinking in public areas.
The price of beer for supporters heading to Qatar has already made headlines, with fan parks selling bottles of Budweiser for £12, and limits on the number of drinks that can be ordered.
And now, according to The Times, Qatar wants FIFA to make a dramatic U-turn on the availability of drinks in stadiums, pushing for a blanket ban at all eight venues.
The publication says the halt to Budweiser sales is “likely” after Qatar’s Al Thani royal family became involved.
Qatar is pressuring FIFA to introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol in World Cup venues
FIFA had already compromised on beer sales in stadiums, moving sales stalls to less visible areas.
If Qatar has its way, FIFA will breach a multi-million pound deal with Budweiser and a significant portion of their winnings could disappear from the tournament.
It is clear that hospitality suites, which start at £19,000, are the only places where alcohol can be consumed in a stadium, should the ban be imposed.
It is likely that fan parks, which have already been criticized for drink pricing, will be the only public areas where supporters can purchase alcohol.
Venues, such as Stadium 974, are unlikely to serve beer to supporters on the ground