Football fans face paying £80 per pint at World Cup 2022 in Qatar as eye-watering drinks prices are revealed

    EYE-WATERING World Cup drinks prices have been revealed with football fans paying up to £80 a pint.

    Between 3,000 and 4,000 England fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the World Cup group stages.

    Between 3,000 and 4,000 England fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the group stages

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    Between 3,000 and 4,000 England fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the group stagesCredit: Louis Wood
    Football fans face paying £80 a pint in Qatar

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    Football fans face paying £80 a pint in QatarCredit: instagram/@hitmfe
    The World Cup starts next weekend on November 20 and alcohol can only be sold and consumed in set locations

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    The World Cup starts next weekend on November 20 and alcohol can only be sold and consumed in set locationsCredit: instagram/@mrapp2018

    And more are set to follow if Gareth Southgate’s side if they reach the knockout stages.

    Unlike relatively-relaxed Dubai some 200 miles away, Qatar has tougher restrictions on who can buy alcohol and where – limiting most purchases to restaurants and high-end hotels.

    But some sports bars have been accused of exploiting visitors by charging fans up to £240 each to watch the World Cup semi-finals and finals.

    The stunning price includes a three-drink voucher for bottles of Budweiser or Corona or a glass of house wine – working out at £80 a drink.

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    Drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide – which owns many of the world’s most popular beer brands including Becks, Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois – are even training up to 6,000 workers in Qatar to be able to pour a pint properly.

    Public drunkenness is technically illegal and those found guilty face up to six months jail time and a fine of 3,000 riyals.

    However, in reality, Qatari officials often turn a blind eye to expats getting drunk, as long as they stay within the restaurants and hotels.

    And spaces will be created to “sober up” drunk supporters.

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    Qatar’s World Cup chief executive, Nasser Al Khater said: “There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve been drinking excessively.

    “It’s a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they’re not harmful to anybody else.”

    Fans also can’t bring any booze into the country, and authorities will confiscate any alcohol in travellers’ luggage and there are also strict laws on drugs.

    Any fans caught smuggling cocaine into the country could face the death penalty.

    Cheaper alternative locations for drinking have been identified by SunSport.

    Public House, Mulberry Tavern, The Irish Harp and Champions Sports bar are all good options.

    The tournament kicks off on November 20 as host nation Qatar take on Ecuador.

    Cheap locations for pints in Qatar
    Cheap locations for pints in Qatar

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