Alcohol Sales Not Permitted At World Cup Stadium Sites - FIFA

By Chimezie Nebolisah

World football governing body FIFA in a statement released said alcoholic beer will not be sold at Qatar's World Cup stadiums.

The announcement comes two days before Sunday's kickoff of the World Cup, the first to be held in the Middle East.

In a statement, 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 perimetres."

The reversal of that policy comes after long-term negotiations between FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Budweiser, and executives from Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), which is organising the World Cup.

However, Budweiser will still sell alcoholic beer at the main Fifa Fan Fest in central Doha where it is offered for about $14 per half pint. Alcohol will also be sold in some other fan zones whereas others are alcohol-free.