The Qatari government did not give in and decided to maintain the ban on sell and consume alcoholic beverages inside the stadiums where the World Cup will be held, as well as in the immediate vicinity of the venues during this Qatar World Cup 2022.
Despite the commotion caused among the fans, FIFA announced its support to said decision: “Following discussions between the authorities of the host country and FIFA, the decision was made to concentrate the sale of alcoholic beverages at the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan meeting points and licensed venues, eliminating the beer outlets of the perimeters of the stadiums”.
Despite the fact that the highest body in world football wanted to reassure with a message stressing that non-alcoholic beer “will remain available in all stadiums”, fans have not taken long to think formulas to introduce alcoholic beverages in the venues, ignoring the fact that alcohol is not part of appropriate social behavior in Qatar. “Alcohol is not part of the local culture, but hispitality is. It is served in licensed restaurants, bars and hotels and will be available at additional venues during the tournament, including the FIFA Fan Festival after 6:30 a.m. in the afternoon”, they explain from its website the Qatari authorities.
They also explain that “it is prohibited to drink alcohol outside the designated areas and it is not allowed to bring alcohol into the State of Qatar”, so fans are recommended to avoid traveling with alcohol from their country of origin or buying duty-free products. in the path.
Sneak alcohol into Qatar stadiums?
If something sharpens in the human being in the face of obstacles or prohibitions, it is ingenuity, and some fans seem to have plenty of that, suggesting on social networks ways to get alcoholic beverages into Qatari stadiums during matches. All this, yes, assuming that in case of being caught they will have to pay a fine of more than 700 euros or, even, six months in prison.
In tune with what they share from British tabloid ‘Daily Star’one of the formulas that has emerged on Twitter to hide alcohol at the entrance of the matches, in the heat of an image taken in the United Kingdom this summer, is to place a soft drink silicone sleeve, such as a Coca-Cola, on top of a can of beer in order to pass the relevant security controls. As a result of these tweets, AliExpress Spain has not missed the opportunity to advertise this product, trying to ride the wave of virality on Twitter.
Hot seller in Qatar. Silicone sleeves. 🤫🥷 pic.twitter.com/8tk48gMcZa
—Tibor M. Kalman (@kalmantibs) November 21, 2022
we all play this world cup pic.twitter.com/KDVqKz4hz5
— AliExpress Spain (@AliExpressES) November 21, 2022
We can only wait to see if, really, there are fans who are willing to risk their freedom to sneak alcohol into the stadiums and, above all, if the authorities locate this type of method or similar during the Qatar World Cup 2022.