Google on Sunday celebrated the FIFA World Cup 2022, which kicks off today (November 20), by launching a Google Doodle.
The competition kicks off with the first match between Qatar and hosts Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. There will be an opening ceremony before the game.
However, the organizers have been widely criticized by soccer fans around the world for banning alcoholic beverages in Qatar World Cup stadiums.
FIFA confirmed on Friday that the sale of alcoholic beverages would be banned in stadiums, with the exception of Bud Zero non-alcoholic beer.
In a statement published in the same Twitter page, FIFA Media said: “Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, it has been decided to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing beer sales outlets from FIFA World Qatar The perimeters of the Copa 2022 stadium.
“There is no impact on whether Bud Zero sales will be available at all World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
“Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that stadiums and surrounding areas provide a friendly, respectful and enjoyable experience for all fans.
“The tournament organizers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continued support in our joint commitment to satisfy everyone at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.”
The sale of alcohol is strictly controlled in Qatar, but will be available outside match venues and fan zones, as well as inside hotels, on the grounds.
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