Fans hoping to cool down with a frosty beverage at the red-hot World Cup in Qatar will have to settle for the non-alcoholic variety.
Qatar has announced that it will not allow the consumption of alcohol in stadiums and in public during the 2022 World Cup (which, yes, is still in the Middle Eastern country).
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The United States and the United Kingdom are among those cautioning its fans against drinking at the World Cup, which will certainly rank among the stranger major tournaments in modern history.
“I am personally against the provision of alcohol in stadiums and public places based on our values and our traditions and our culture,” the secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Al-Thawadi told Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq.
Al-Thawadi said the country would adhere to its current policies regarding alcohol and allow those who wish to drink to still do so in “specific and faraway places from the public squares.”
Well, at least the focus will be squarely on the games.