2022-11-24 09:54:40

Qatar impose last-minute alcohol ban on Wales fans

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The Independent
By Richard Wheeler

A World Cup party has been cancelled after Qatar authorities imposed changes to restrict alcohol sales, organisers said.

Fan charity Gol Cymru was looking to build on the success of its parties held either side of Wales opening World Cup game against the USA with a second round of events for Fridays fixture with Iran.

But they said they were told at the last minute of new conditions preventing alcohol sales before 12pm, leading to them cancelling their pre-match event at the InterContinental Doha hotel, in the West Bay area of the city.

The Wales Football Supporters Associations fan embassy later noted Friday is a holy day and no alcohol before midday is allowed.

Wales crunch group B fixture against Iran kicks off at 1pm Qatari time, 10am in the UK, at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

The sale of alcohol to fans at World Cup stadiums in Qatar was banned two days before the tournament kicked off with an exception made for corporate spectators.

The UK Foreign Office said it is an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public, with alcohol available at designated places including hotels.

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