FIFA, association football’s international governing body, is banning booze sales at World Cup stadiums in Qatar. The move is not all that surprising considering the parties involved. A corrupt federation and a country governed by Sharia law. It all has the makings of one of the most ridiculous spectacles in sporting history.
“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 the sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”
Budweiser, which allegedly paid $75 million to be the beer sponsor of the World Cup, is probably a little confused right now.
To be clear, alcohol isn’t banned completely. Fans will still be able to purchase alcohol at the official fan zones during the World Cup, just not at the actual stadiums. FIFA did say that the sale of Budweiser’s non-alcoholic Bud Zero product will still be sold at the stadiums.
No alcohol being sold at stadiums is added to the list of very strict regulations including limited sexual relations in the Muslim country.
The German Embassy in Doha has published on its website a handbook entitled “Useful information for visitors to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.”
“The importation of alcohol and pornographic material, as well as religious books, is prohibited. The importation of pork food is also not allowed. Drug trafficking can carry the death penalty … criminal law in Qatar is shaped by religious moral concepts. The traveler should be aware that same-sex relations and extramarital sex are forbidden and subject to criminal prosecution.”
No booze and no sex sounds funny and archaic, especially if you’re from a more free and liberal country.
All fans attending the World Cup in Qatar should be mindful, the laws in your home country or your own moral code doesn’t supersede theirs. You may think it’s BS and decide to do what you want to anyway, but being arrested and charged as a criminal in a country that isn’t your own is not the road you want to travel.
Take note of the Brittney Griner situation, and she’s relatively famous and has some level of means.
As to the actual tournament. No the USMNT doesn’t have a realistic chance. They are a long shot at +10000 according to Las Vegas.
They are in Group B with England, Iran and Wales. They are 50/50 at best to advance past the group stage.
The team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and with 2026 played in the states they will be an automatic qualifier as the host nation. There is a sense that this World Cup is where they prove they belong.
This USMNT is represented by more players at the top European clubs than ever before. Everyone has heard the hype around Christian Pulisic.
The key for the U.S. will be creating turnovers and pushing the pace with players like Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson, Gio Reyna and Tim Weah. If they can impose their will on the defenses of England, Iran and Wales they have a shot at the knockout stage.