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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar allows the sale of beer at World Cup matches 3 hours before kickoff

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar allows sale of beer: Qatar will allow fans with ticket purchases to buy alcoholic beer at World Cup soccer matches starting three hours before kickoff and for one hour after the final whistle, but not during the match, a source with knowledge of plans for the tournament said. Follow FIFA World Cup live updates on InsideSport.IN

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Budweiser, a major World Cup sponsor with exclusive rights to sell beer at the tournament, will serve beer within the ticket perimeter surrounding each stadium, but not in the stadium stands or in the stadium, the source said.

This year’s World Cup is the first to be held in a Muslim country with strict controls on alcohol, presenting unique challenges for organizers of an event sponsored by a major beer brand and often associated with beer-drinking fans.

“Beer will be available when the gates open, which is three hours before kick off. Anyone who wants a beer will be able to. And then when they also leave the stadium for an hour after the final whistle,” said the source.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar allows sale of beer at World Cup matches 3 hours before kickoff, source says

In addition, Budweiser will be allowed to serve beer in part of FIFA’s main fan zone in central Doha from 6.30pm to 1am each day of the 29-day tournament, which starts on November 20, the source said.

At previous World Cup tournaments, beer was served in fan zones all day long.

The decision on where and when beer will be sold to fans has now been finalized, but the price fans will be charged for a beer is still under discussion, the source said.

We are working closely with FIFA, who manage the relationship with the Qatari authorities, to ensure that our activations for the tournament are conducted respectfully and in accordance with local rules and regulations,” a spokesperson for Budweiser brewer AB InBev said in an email -announcement.

Qatar’s World Cup organizers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, did not respond to requests for comment on the World Cup alcohol controls. The Qatari government’s media office directed requests to the Supreme Committee.

There are four matches scheduled on most days of the tournament’s group stage, with the earliest match starting at

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar allows sale of beer at World Cup matches 3 hours before kickoff, source says

It was not immediately clear how Qatar will handle beer sales ahead of the match between Wales and Iran at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 25, when most Muslims in Qatar will gather at mosques for the weekly congregational prayer.

Qatar currently requires most shops and restaurants in the country to close during Friday prayers.

Questions have swirled about the role alcohol would play at this year’s World Cup since Qatar won the hosting rights in 2010. Although not a “dry” state like neighboring Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to consume alcohol in public places in Qatar.

Visitors cannot bring alcohol into Qatar, even from the airport duty-free, and they cannot buy alcohol in the country’s only liquor store on the outskirts of Doha. Only foreign residents with permits can shop there for home consumption.

Visitors can drink at a few dozen licensed hotels and clubs, where a pint of beer can cost $18.

Budweiser will sell its non-alcoholic beer, Budweiser Zero, on stadium concourses and stands during games and at other fan sites, the source said. an AB InBev spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

“Our promotion and activation of Budweiser Zero during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will target the international guests who come to enjoy and celebrate football on the fan sites.”

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