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Qatar Remains Undecided On Whether It Will Allow Alcohol Sales During '22 World Cup

Qatar is “refusing to say whether it will sell alcohol at stadiums during the 2022 World Cup,” with Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee General Secretary Hassan al-Thawadi yesterday saying that he “didn’t see the reason for selling it at matches,” according to Michael Casey of the AP. Qatar “doesn’t sell alcohol currently at soccer matches.” al-Thawadi added, “That is something we are discussing with FIFA...Let’s discuss this with relevant stakeholders and come up with a plan that welcomes everyone.” FIFA has said that it will “sharply defend the commercial rights of all its sponsors -- among them brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, which has extended its sponsorship of the World Cup through the 2018 edition in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar” (AP, 3/14).
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