Qatar World Cup: Qatar & World Cup Booze Sales

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Qatar World Cup: Qatar & World Cup Booze Sales, QATAR will not say whether it will sell alcohol at stadiums during the 2022 World Cup, though a top official yesterday said he did not see a reason for selling it at matches.

Hassan al-Thawadi, general secretary of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, said alcohol would be sold during the tournament and that the Gulf nation was “discussing with Fifa the extent of it and where”.

He said the country was aiming to put on an event where “everyone will be able to have a great time, have fun and be exposed to Qatari culture”.

Qatar, a nation with conservative Muslim traditions but which has a significant population of foreign workers, limits the sale of alcohol mostly to five-star hotels. It does not sell alcohol at football matches.

“I don’t see the reason for it being in the stadium,” said al-Thawadi, who noted that several nations including Brazil do not sell any alcohol at matches.

“I’m looking at it in terms of England and looking at in terms of everybody else. That is something we are discussing with Fifa let’s discuss this with relevant stakeholders and come up with a plan that welcomes everyone.”

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