Beer ban at the World Cup in Qatar: opinion of the fans in Doha

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WM 2022“We will find a way to get beer”: this is how fans react to the ban

Shortly after the announcement of the ban on alcohol in and around World Cup stadiums, 20 Minutes asked football fans in Doha how they felt about the new restrictions.

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Despite smiling, this group of fans from Argentina is a little sad about the ban on alcohol.

Despite smiling, this group of fans from Argentina is a little sad about the ban on alcohol.

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Virgilio Núñez from Mexico City does not find it so tragic.

Virgilio Núñez from Mexico City does not find it so tragic.

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Argentines Nico Enrique Hermine and Florencia Canalez are confident they can get a beer elsewhere.

Argentines Nico Enrique Hermine and Florencia Canalez are confident they can get a beer elsewhere.

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that’s what it’s all about

  • FIFA announced on Friday that there was now a ban on alcohol in and around World Cup stadiums.

  • Two days before the start of the tournament, the economic change caused by the pressure from the Qataris is causing a sensation.

  • 20 Minutes asked football fans around the world at Doha airport how they were dealing with the beer ban.

No beer in the World Cup stadiums! Two days before the start of the tournament, the host Qatar still has one prohibition on the sale of beer it was enforced in and around all stadiums and thus overturned an easing of the alcohol ban that had actually been agreed with FIFA. Alcohol can only be served in fan zones, VIP areas and some hotels.

The news has yet to reach some of the soccer fans who arrived at Doha airport on Friday. This is also the case for Richard Rees and Tony Munday, who have come from Wales. “I’m a little disappointed,” says one of the two about the short-term ban.

Big problem with the Canadian fan group

The new rules are not a problem for Virgilio Núñez of Mexico. “A friend from Doha said there are many other places to have a beer. I only drink water in the stadium.” Two Argentine fans are playing the same tune. “We’ll find a way to get beer somewhere,” say Nico Enrique Hermine and Florencia Canalez. A group of women from Buenos Aires, on the other hand, says: “We are a little sad about this news.”

Carme Salleras from Costa Rica also explains: “If I could choose, I would prefer to have beer in the stadium.” After all, one is used to the prohibition of alcohol in the stadiums of the Central American country, as René Montiel adds. “However, I was surprised that they changed the rules in such a short time,” says the Costa Rican.

Only a larger group of fans from Canada are really upset about the ban on alcohol. “It’s a terrible decision. Beer is part of the World Cup,” says Lee Kormish. “You can’t suddenly ban that two days before the World Cup starts.” Another Canadian says he first thought the news was “fake news”.

Swiss Fan From Wales

A group of three from Wales take it much more relaxed. “Our country has waited 64 years to participate in the World Cup,” says Tim Lewis. “We can drink beer again when we get back to Wales.” The university professor arrived wearing an Edelweiss T-shirt. “My wife is from Winterthur and I lived in Switzerland for a long time,” explains Lewis. That’s why he keeps his fingers crossed for Nati.

There is still no sign of any other Swiss fans in Doha on Friday. It is unlikely that many of them will travel to Qatar until next week for Thursday’s opener against Cameroon and enjoy one last beer at home.

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