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Qatar to uphold booze ban during World Cup

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Warren Barnsley

Australians expecting to sink a few beers on the way to supporting the Socceroos at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be greatly disappointed.

The Qatari government will uphold the ban on alcohol in all public places during the tournament, with a booze ban in stadiums also likely.

"There will be no alcohol consumption on the streets, squares and public places and that is final," said Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, according to AFP.

Alcohol is not completely illegal in Qatar, but it is an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public under Qatari law.

As is importing booze, which could be bad news for the many overseas fans who will come to Qatar for the World Cup.

People can get a drink at a licensed hotel, restaurant or bar, while local residents need a permit to buy takeaway alcohol.

Qatari officials have previously said the 500,000 fans expected to descend on their country during the World Cup will be allowed to consume alcohol in designated zones, but that now appears unlikely.

"Availability of alcohol during the tournament will commensurate with our customs and traditions," Al Thawadi said.

"Personally I'm against the provision of alcohol in stadiums," he said.

"The goal was to narrow (alcohol) consumption to specific places, far away from public spaces."

FIFA has said it will defend the commercial rights of its sponsors, including global brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, which will sponsor the 2022 tournament.

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