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Qatar World Cup alcohol ban 'not official policy', says FIFA

FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura says negotiations have yet to begin

Qatar World Cup alcohol ban 'not official policy', says FIFA
During a visit to Doha, Fatma Samoura said that negotiations were yet to begin on what, if any, alcohol will be served in the stadiums.

No final decision has been made on whether or not to ban alcohol in World Cup sites during Qatar 2022, secretary general Fatma Samoura has said.

The head of the Qatar World Cup 2022 organising committee declared last week that people would be banned from drinking alcohol in public places during the tournament.

Hassan Al Thawadi told Arabic daily Al Sharq: “There will be no alcohol consumption on the streets, squares and public places and that is final.”

However, in an interview with Bloomberg, Samoura was quoted as saying that no decision had yet been made on alcohol policy during the event.

During a visit to Doha, Samoura said that negotiations were yet to begin on what, if any, alcohol will be served in the stadiums.

“We are going to reach a stage when we discuss not only alcohol but food as well,” she said, adding: “We do respect the customs and the culture of the country.”

Samoura reportedly also addressed recent criticism of Qatar over its alleged treatment of migrant workers since it won the right to host the World Cup six years ago.

She was quoted as saying: “After the first accident on a construction site, immediate measures were taken not only to do an assessment but also to address some of the shortcomings.

“We will keep urging the Qatari government to accelerate the ongoing labour reform process on a national level.”

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