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W’Cup fans ‘can survive’ without beer – FIFA chief

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino. Photo: AFP

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, said on Saturday that World Cup fans can survive for three hours a day without beer after sales were banned around stadiums.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated this during a news conference at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) in Doha ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. –

Infantino hit back at Western critics of Qatar’s human rights record at his opening news conference of the World Cup on November 19, blasting their “hypocrisy”.

“I think personally if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive,” he told his opening press conference in Doha. “The same applies in France, Spain, Scotland.”

World Cup chiefs on Friday banned beer sales around stadiums in Qatar in a stunning U-turn, just hours before Sunday’s kickoff.

Alcohol is largely prohibited in the Islamic nation but the organisers sparked fury from fans with their dramatic late decision.

Football’s world governing body FIFA said beer would not be sold to fans around any of the eight World Cup stadiums following discussions with the hosts.

Dozens of Budweiser beer tents had already been set up on the grounds ahead of the first game.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino, editing by Daniel Adejo