FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, mentioned on Saturday that World Cup followers can survive for 3 hours a day with out beer after gross sales have been banned round stadiums.
“I believe personally if for 3 hours a day you can not drink a beer, you’ll survive,” he instructed his opening press convention in Doha. “The identical applies in France, Spain, Scotland.”
World Cup chiefs on Friday banned beer gross sales round stadiums in Qatar in a shocking U-turn, simply 48 hours earlier than Sunday’s kickoff.
Alcohol is essentially prohibited within the Islamic nation however the organisers sparked fury from followers with their dramatic late resolution.
Soccer’s world governing physique FIFA mentioned beer wouldn’t be bought to followers round any of the eight World Cup stadiums following discussions with the hosts.
It mentioned beer gross sales can be centered on fan zones and licensed venues, “eradicating gross sales factors of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”
It gave no cause for the shock resolution however media reviews mentioned there had been an intervention by Qatar’s ruling household.
Dozens of Budweiser beer tents had already been arrange on the grounds forward of the primary recreation.