Qatar ‘shuffles to conceal beer camping tents at Globe Mug complying with brand-new need from imperial family members’
Organisers of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been scrambling to hide beer tents already set up around football stadiums, reportedly following a direct demand from the Qatari royal family.
With the massive global event kicking off in just days, workers are rushing to move the Budweiser-branded tents from the sight of local spectators, the New York Times reported.
Part of the terms between FIFA and the local organisers in Qatar stipulate the sale of alcohol during the event, as well as the provision of promotional space for US beer brand Budweiser.
However, Qatari officials had requested that the consumption and sale of alcohol during the World Cup should ‘respect’ local customs.
A FIFA World Cup trophy monument is seen at the entrance of Al Thumama stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar
Though alcohol is legal in Qatar, it is generally only available for sale at designated hotel bars – many of which are frequented by overseas visitors.
Concerns over offending the population of the deeply conservative and religious Muslim nation are believed to be behind the last-minute decision.
Workers have been seen pushing beer concessions to alternative locations around the eight stadiums matches will be held at, before the first game commences this weekend.
The decision will have come as a blow to major World Cup sponsor Budweiser, which reportedly pays around £64million to FIFA every four years for rights to its beer concessions.
In a statement to the New York Times, Budweiser said it was only made aware of the changes on Saturday, and that it was ‘working with FIFA to relocate the concession outlets to locations as directed.’
The move is the latest controversy surrounding the upcoming event, with a Qatar World Cup ambassador saying recently that homosexuality was ‘damage to the mind.’
Being gay is illegal in the deeply religious country and can lead to imprisonment.
Earlier today, the United States’ men’s national team announced they had redesigned their crest to incorporate the rainbow flag, in a bid to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
Budweiser is a major sponsor of the World Cup, paying FIFA around £64million for the exclusive rights to beer sales every four years
The US national team crest has been changed from its usual red to rainbow colors this week to support the LGBTQ+ community
Sir Rod Stewart recently revealed he had turned down $1million to perform in Qatar due to its poor human rights record
And earlier this month, singer Sir Rod Stewart told the Sunday Times he had declined an offer of $1million to perform in Qatar due to the state’s human rights record.
‘I turned it down. It’s not right to go. And the Iranians should be out too for supplying arms,’ he said in reference to drones supplied by the country to Russia, which was barred from the tournament.
The first match of the 2022 World Cup will take place on Sunday, 20 November at the Al Bayt Stadium, with the hosts taking on Ecuador,