World Cup 2022: Can England fans drink in Qatar? Fans to be served alcohol ‘in select areas’ but not in stadiums, with non-alcoholic beer on sale while supporters watch games

    England fans will be flocking to the World Cup in just under two months after the Three Lions booked their place in Qatar.

    Gareth Southgate’s side will be among the favourites in football’s biggest competition, which will be the first to be held in an Arab nation.

    Football fans will need to be aware of drinking rules if they travel to Qatar

    Football fans will need to be aware of drinking rules if they travel to Qatar

    England fans, after discovering their group stage opponents, will fly out to support the Three Lions will be reminded that they’re visiting an Islamic country and must respect their rules and customs.

    With that in mind, will supporters have the chance to have a celebratory beer if the Three Lions finally win something? talkSPORT.com has the info…

    World Cup 2022: Can fans drink in Qatar?

    Alcohol isn’t illegal in Qatar, but there is zero tolerance for drinking in public and being drunk in public is a crime.

    Alcohol is available to buy for over 21-year-olds from licensed hotel restaurants and bars.

    There is also a single state-controlled off-licence, but any visiting fan should be aware they need a permit to be able to buy alcohol from it.

    Supporters also can’t smuggle drink into the country or outside designated zones or risk being deported or fined.

    The rules were expected to be somewhat relaxed during the World Cup, with organisers working on a deal to make alcohol more readily available, but the restrictions remain tight.

    Qatar also remains very strict on the use of drugs and there are no exceptions for foreigners.

    If England fans are caught smuggling cocaine into the country, they could face the death penalty.

    It is more likely they will be arrested and thrown in prison, but the threat of death is very real for those supporters who try and smuggle cocaine into Qatar for the World Cup.

    Fans have been implored to drink in moderation if they are at the World Cup

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    Fans have been implored to drink in moderation if they are at the World Cup

    World Cup 2022: Will alcohol be served in stadiums?

    Fans have been assured they can purchase a drink at a 40,000-capacity fan zone in Qatar’s capital Doha.

    FIFA have also confirmed ticket holders will have access to alcohol within the stadium perimeter both before and after games – however only non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available inside the stadium bowl.

    “We want people to come and have experiences they will never forget,” CEO Nasser Al Khater told BBC Sport.

    Qatar experimented with a ‘wet fan zone’ during the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup that was ultimately won by Liverpool.

    Fans were permitted to consume alcoholic beverages at a site just outside Doha and following the successful trial Al Khater said additional locations “will be communicated in due course”.

    Do NOT expect to see scenes like this from Jack Grealish if England win in Lusail

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    Do NOT expect to see scenes like this from Jack Grealish if England win in Lusail

    World Cup 2022: How much will alcohol cost?

    A pint of beer in Doha, where group stage matches will be played, costs around £13 due to the Muslim country invoking sin taxes on alcohol.

    Yet organisers were working on subsidising drink as well as making sure it is more readily available for fans during the tournament, but nothing has been announced yet.

    “Alcohol is not part of our culture,” Nasser al-Khater, the chief executive officer of the 2022 World Cup, admitted in 2019.

    “However, hospitality is. Alcohol is not as readily available here as in other parts of the world but for the World Cup we want to ensure it is accessible for fans who want to have a drink, so we are trying to find designated locations for fans to have alcohol, other than traditional places such as hotels and so forth.

    “We recognise there is an issue with the price and it is something we are looking into. We are looking at finding ways to reduce the price of alcohol.”

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    In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

    There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

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