Just two days before the first game kicks off, the most controversial soccer World Cup in history managed to bubble up even more outrage by announcing Friday that alcohol will not be sold at any of the eight stadiums in Qatar.
FIFA originally said alcohol would be available to buy “in select areas within stadiums” despite the Muslim country’s strict controls. But on Friday, soccer’s international governing body released a statement saying non-alcoholic Bud Zero would be the only beer available to fans attending the games.
“Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful, and pleasant experience for all fans,” FIFA said in a statement announcing the volte-face Friday.
Source: The Daily Beast
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