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FIFA World Cup: Soccer Qatar World Cup will have areas where drunk fans can sober up, says boss

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FIFA World Cup: The football World Cup to be held in Qatar from next month will have areas where drunken fans can sober up,…

FIFA World Cup: The FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar from next month, will have areas where drunk fans can sober up, its chief executive said in a televised interview. Follow FIFA World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

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FIFA World Cup: Soccer Qatar World Cup will have areas where drunk fans can sober up, says boss

On Nov. 20-Dec. 18 The 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.

Qatar will let ticketed fans buy alcoholic beer for matches starting three hours before kickoff and for an hour after the final whistle, but not during the match, Reuters reported in September, citing a source with knowledge of plans for the tournament.

Qatar 2022 chief executive Nasser Al Khater told Sky News in an interview published on Thursday that anyone overdoing it would be looked after.

“I know there are plans for people to sober up if… they’ve had too much to drink,” Al Khater said, adding that it was to ensure they were safe and not harmful to others or themselves, saying it was “a good idea”.

FIFA World Cup: Soccer Qatar World Cup will have areas where drunk fans can sober up, says boss

Al Khater also reiterated assurances that LGBTQ+ fans were welcome and would feel comfortable in Qatar. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, as it is in many countries in the Middle East.

“Everyone is welcome here and everyone will feel safe when they come to Qatar,” he said when asked about his message to LGBTQ+ fans.

When asked if that included gay fans holding hands in public, he said: “Yes” and said “Yes” again when asked if it was a reassuring message.

Tournament organizers have previously stressed that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or background, is welcome in Qatar, while also warning fans against public displays of affection.

Qatar and several countries in the region banned Disney’s animated films “Light Years” from theatrical release this year for having characters in a same-sex relationship.

FIFA World Cup: Soccer Qatar World Cup will have areas where drunk fans can sober up, says boss

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