Ban on beer is latest flashpoint in World Cup culture clash

In the 12 years since Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup, FIFA has faced many obstacles, including a migrant worker humanitarian crisis, brutal weather conditions, the lack of existing football infrastructure, and of course, the global Anticipated stress involved. an event in a country defined by strict religious guidelines.

Prominent among those tensions are the copious amounts of alcohol that are synonymous with the World Cup vibe.

Qatari officials have assured FIFA that many of these laws, particularly those relating to foreigners, will be relaxed during the World Cup.

However, his instructions to local police to enforce with a "soft touch" remained open to interpretation, casting a shadow over uninformed visitors.

As part of these exceptions beer was expected to be available to fans for three hours before the match and one hour after the final whistle. Friday's announcement overturns that decision.

According to The New York Times, this policy change came directly from the Qatari royal family and was described as "non-negotiable".

The ruling emir's brother, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is said to have become concerned that excessive, visible drinking could cause security problems and disruption to the local population.