Fans will not be allowed to buy alcohol around World Cup stadiums according to Qatar Authorities.
The ban comes ahead of the tournament’s opening game in Qatar on Sunday.
The sale of alcohol is strictly controlled in Qatar, and is only allowed in the Muslim nation within hotel bars and restaurants away from street view.
An announcement is expected later today, but it is understood that 48 hours before Qatar face Ecuador in the tournament opener on Sunday, fans will be told they cannot buy beer at any games.It is unclear if alcohol will still be available in corporate areas.
Qatar had told fans they would only be able to buy beer outside the stadium bowl itself, but within the perimeter for ticket holders, “three hours prior to kick-off when the gates open and one hour after the final whistle”.Now, it is understood beer will only be available in alcohol-serving fan zones in Qatar after 6.30pm and drunk fans will be sent to special zones to sober up.