WORLD CUP goers have been hit with the news this morning that alcohol will NOT be available inside stadiums in Qatar.
But there is still a way England fans CAN enjoy a refreshing pint within the grounds of each arena.
AFPAlcohol will no longer be served inside any of the eight World Cup venues[/caption]
There is still a way England fans can drink inside stadiums at the World CupGetty
The stunning U-turn from Fifa comes just days before the tournament kicks off and is a huge blow to Three Lions fans.
However, the new rule will NOT apply to official hospitality areas.
So any fans lucky enough to be in corporate seats will still have access to booze.
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Although tickets in the official hospitality areas cost four-figure sums and each box suite has sold for around £20,000.
Those seats have been promised “a selection of drinks available according to custom and preference; soft drinks, beers, Champagne, sommelier-selected wines, and premium spirits” available “before, during and after matches”.
It’s understood the U-turn has come under pressure from Qatar’s Royal Family.
So now any fans with general admission tickets for games will only be able to buy non alcoholic Bud Zero for around £7-a-pop.
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In a hilarious tweet after the announcement, which was quickly deleted, official beer sponsor of the tournament Budweiser said: “Well, this is awkward…”
A Fifa spokesperson said: “Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.
“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.
“Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.
“The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
A spokesperson for the Football Supporters’ Association said: “Some fans like a beer at a game and some don’t.
“But the real issue is the last minute u-turn which speaks to a wider problem – the total lack of communication and clarity from the organising committee towards supporters.
“If they can change their minds on this at a moment’s notice, with no explanation, supporters will have understandable concerns about whether they will fulfil other promises relating to accommodation, transport or cultural issues.”
It now means the Doha city centre Fan Festival will be the only official World Cup site where fans gan grab an alcoholic drink.
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Prices there for a Budweiser are set at just under £12 – and not even for a full pint.