FIFA could be set for more trouble after it was confirmed that Qatari officials have decided to ban alcohol in streets and other public places in the capital, Doha, during the 2022 World Cup, reports RT.
The decision, which is unlikely to be welcomed by foreign fans, could be extended to inside the stadiums during the tournament.
Football's governing body has already been widely criticized for moving the World Cup to winter to avoid Doha's oppressive summer temperatures.
Alcohol will only be allowed in "far-away places," said the secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan Al-Thawadi, in an interview with Arabic language newspaper Al-Sharq.
"There will be no alcohol consumption on the streets, squares and public places and that is final," he said, according to AFP.
"Availability of alcohol during the tournament will commensurate with our customs and traditions. Personally, I'm against the provision of alcohol in stadiums.
"The [SCDL's] goal was to narrow [alcohol] consumption to specific places, far away from public spaces."
Although alcohol is not illegal in Qatar, sales and consumption are heavily controlled, and it’s an offense to drink alcohol in public or be intoxicated outdoors.
Now, how on Earth will they have enough room in prison for all the drunk hooligans who could not give one little damn about any rules of drinking, as seen in France recently.
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