England fans have arrived in Qatar with the World Cup underway, but there will be no alcohol in or around stadiums.
Three Lions supporters are set to be rather sober this winter as they cheer Gareth Southgate’s side on from the stands.
England fans know Qatar is an Islamic country and were expecting to adhere to some rules, but the goalposts have been moved on this one.
With that in mind, will supporters have the chance to have a celebratory beer at some point if the Three Lions do go on and win it? talkSPORT.com has the info…
World Cup 2022: Can fans drink in stadiums?
FIFA initially confirmed ticket holders would have access to alcohol within the stadium perimeter both before and after games, but that has been reversed.
A FIFA statement read: “Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”
This wasn’t expected to happen and fans had been told alcohol would be on sale within the stadium perimeters.
Therefore, only non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available inside the stadium perimeter.
Non-alcoholic beer will set fans back £7, with bottles of water to cost £2.30.
Booze will be available to people who have paid for hospitality boxes, but given prices for those start at £19,000, there are unlikely to be many normal fans with access.
But Martin Keown actually believes a ‘dry’ World Cup will be a good thing.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “A lot has been said about Qatari rules and they way they are in their country.
“This is one I don’t really think I’m opposed to, Jim. I think a dry, sober World Cup might be a good one for all of us.
“What I don’t really enjoy is the choice has been taken away from us, balance should be allowed to be had.”
World Cup 2022: Can fans drink in Qatar?
Despite all these restrictions in stadiums, alcohol isn’t illegal in Qatar, but there is zero tolerance for drinking in public and being drunk in public is a crime.
Alcohol is available to buy for over 21-year-olds from licensed hotel restaurants and bars.
There is also a single state-controlled off-licence, but any visiting fan should be aware it’s for residents only.
Supporters also can’t smuggle drink into the country or outside designated zones or risk being deported or fined.
But beer will be available throughout the day and night at a fan festival.
The Arcadia Festival, which will feature a giant 50-tonne fire-breathing spider, will serve beer for 19 hours a day between 10am and 5am, The Times reports.
The Arcadia Festival is about two miles outside of Doha and is also a couple of miles away from England’s base in Al Wakrah.
Beer is also available at the official FIFA Fan Festival.
ESPN report there will be specially designated ‘sober zones’ for supporters who drink excessively.
Qatar’s World Cup chief executive,Nasser Al Khater said: “There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve been drinking excessively.
“It’s a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they’re not harmful to anybody else.”
World Cup 2022: How much will alcohol cost?
Fans will have to fork out a hefty £11.60 for a pint of beer in Qatar during the World Cup.
Tournament organisers are also limiting supporters to just four drinks, in a bid to stop binge drinking.
It had been thought that the price of a beer would cost between £5-£7 with the cost of a pint to be lowered for the global competition.
But FIFA’s official beer supplier Budweiser will be charging almost £12 for just a 500ml glass.
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