The 2022 World Cup is beginning play today in the nation of Qatar…personally I asked what they were thinking when Qatar was announced…..
People from all over the world will go to Qatar to cheer on their nation on the road to the Cup.
The big news from Qatar has little to do with play but rather the spectators….2 days before the start an announcement has been made….
Two days before the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has stunned fans with a decision to ban beer sales at stadiums despite Budweiser’s $75 million sponsorship deal with FIFA, world soccer’s governing body. The snap decision suggests FIFA “may no longer be in full control of major decisions related to its event,” the New York Times reports. FIFA confirmed the move in a statement Friday, saying that after “discussions between host country authorities and FIFA,” a decision was made to do away with beer sales in “stadium perimeters” and focus on sales in the official FIFA fan zone and “other fan destinations and licensed venues.” ESPN reports that the move followed last-minute pressure on FIFA from Qatar.
“There is no impact to the sale of [non-alcoholic] Bud Zero, which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums,” FIFA said. Budweiser hasn’t officially commented on the move, which follows an order last week for its beer tents to be shifted to locations in stadiums away from where crowds would pass. A tweet from Budweiser saying, “Well, this is awkward” was later deleted, the BBC reports. Qatar, like its neighbor Saudi Arabia, strictly controls alcohol, but it agreed to allow the sale of alcohol in stadiums when it launched its controversial World Cup bid, reports the AP. Budweiser was to have been the only alcoholic drink available to most fans in stadiums, though the sale of beer, wine, and spirits is expected to go ahead in luxury areas.
In a statement, the Football Supporters’ Association said that while “some fans like a beer at a game and some don’t,” the “real issue is the last minute U-turn” and the lack of clarity from organizers. “If they can change their minds on this at a moment’s notice, with no explanation, supporters will have understandable concerns about whether they will fulfil other promises relating to accommodation, transport, or cultural issues,” the FSA said. The AP notes that Qatar is an “autocracy governed by a hereditary emir, who has absolute say over all governmental decisions.” Sunday’s opening ceremony will be followed by the tournament’s first game, Qatar vs. Ecuador.
Clever! Wait until just before the tournament starts and all plans have been made by the spectators then announce there will be NO beer sold….too late to change to change their plans.
Qatar should never have won the bid….my question is how much grease did they spread around to bribe the bid?
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I don’t watch football, and have no interest in it. But the bribery and corruption surrounding the Qatari bid for the cup is plain to see. They even moved it from summer to winter because it is so hot there. FIFA should be ashamed, and all you have to do is to ‘follow the money’ as usual.
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I agree….and there should be NO way any country that frowns on celebration should be shunned. chuq
Qatar should definitely not have won the big because all major sports cater to alkies and druggies and third generation welfare cases all of whom love to guzzle anything that will get them high and keep them that way. Thde rich bitches who go to the games will probably be uncomfortable in an alcohol free environment as well. To the Qatarize, I say, “Up your Burkas bitches!”
They proved just how corrupt the FIFA has become…..it is about the cash not the sport. chuq
Qatar has plenty of grease!!
Haha…well, that’s what happens when you allow your big sports event to be held in an oppressive monarchy…whatever the emir wants, the emir gets! I do think it’s sad that the beer decision got more attention and outrage than how the migrant workers building the World Cup stadiums were treated….
And it just keeps getting worse…people are not allowed to wear gay support arm bands or clothing…..Qatar has enough money to weather the criticism. chuq
FIFA is super corrupt…it’s all about $$$, not values
Exactly. They proved that by the Qatar decision. chuq