Cup Faces New Edict: Hide The Beer

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 14: Members of the public pose for a pictures next to a Qatar 2022 World Cup logo at Doha Corniche ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The message came from the highest levels of the Qatari state: The beer tents must be moved, and there would be no discussion about it.
  • With the opening game of the World Cup only days away, Qatari organizers have been working hurriedly in recent days to relocate Budweiser-branded beer stations at eight stadiums after a sudden demand that three people with knowledge of the belated change said had come from inside the country’s royal family.
  • The decision to move the beer stations appeared to be rooted in concern that the prominent presence of alcohol at stadiums during the monthlong World Cup would unsettle the local population and thus represent a potential security problem.

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