World Cup organizers have banned the sale of alcohol around stadiums in Qatar after last-minute talks, FIFA announced on Friday.
FIFA confirmed that the sale of alcoholic beverages would be prohibited 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 points 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.
Budweiser is one of FIFA’s biggest sponsors, but was told to move its stands selling its product to less prominent places in stadiums.
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