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Qatari Royal Family Demand Total BAN On Alcohol Sales At World Cup Stadiums

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Alcohol could be banned completely at World Cup stadiums following a late U-turn.

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The Qatari royal family have reportedly demanded a total ban on the sale of alcohol at World Cup stadiums – just 48 hours before the tournament begins in Al Khor.

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There has been much confusion regarding where and when fans will be allowed to drink due to strict laws in the Middle East country – despite a FIFA deal with Budweiser being worth millions.

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Reports say FIFA have been put under significant pressure to refrain selling beer in stadiums, which could put football’s governing body in breach of their contract.

The Times report the removal of Budweiser sales at stadiums is now ‘likely’ after Qatari royals had their say.

That stance might leave designated fan parks the only place where supporters can pick up an alcoholic drink.

Earlier in the week, FIFA had agreed to move Budweiser concession stands into positions where they were less visible as per a request from the organisers.

The New York Times reported that Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was behind the change, the brother of Qatar ruler Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The only place that alcohol has a good chance of still being available in stadiums is hospitality boxes, which start at around £18,850 for one match.

As a conservative Muslim country, the sale of alcohol is restricted and only sold in certain hotels in the Doha area.

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