Qatar to Permit Beer at World Cup
By Micah Halpern
Alcohol is forbidden according to Muslim law. But attendees at the much anticipated upcoming World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, have received a dispensation, of sorts.
Qatar will permit ticketed fans to buy alcoholic beer at World Cup soccer matches starting three hours before kickoff and for one hour after the final whistle, but not during the match.
This information comes from a source with, we are told, knowledge of plans for the tournament.
According to the source, Budweiser, a major World Cup sponsor with exclusive rights to sell beer at the tournament, will serve beer within the ticketed perimeter surrounding each stadium. But Budweiser will not be serving beer, in the stadium stands or in the concourse/ concourse.
This year's World Cup is the first to be held in a Muslim country. The event, which is both sponsored by a major beer brand and attended by many fans of beer drinking, posed a new set of problems for the World Game organizers.
They seem to working out the kinks in the system.
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