Alcohol will only be available at special places during 2022 World Cup

Alcohol will only be available at special places during 2022 World Cup
In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 picture, Yasser Al Mulla - Landscape and Sport Turf Management Senior Manager, Competition Venues, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Doha, Qatar. Al-Mulla oversees a turf farm a few miles west of the city center, where he's tested 36 different kinds of grass, exposing them to various amounts of shade, sunlight and other forms of treatment to see what works and what doesn't.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Al Lusail (Qatar) Fans attending the 2022 football World Cup here will not be able to drink alcohol in public, but in special places, the secretary general of Qatar 2022 Hassan Al Thawadi announced on Saturday.

“We are going to have private tents to drink alcohol,” Al Thawadi told reporters after an event in which he presented the design of the Al-Lusail Stadium, the venue for the opening and the final match, reports Efe.

Qatar is a conservative Islamic country where the sale of alcohol is allowed only to non-Muslim foreigners, who can purchase these drinks in specific stores by presenting a permit issued by the government.

The secretary general of Qatar 2022 also referred to the studies being carried out on the possibility of extending the World Cup to 48 teams.

Al Zawadi said that the decision on the extension of the World Cup will be taken jointly with FIFA, as stated by the president of this organization, Gianni Infantino.

The final decision will be announced in March, Infantino said this week at the end of the FIFA Executive Football Summit.

Infantino said “most federations” support the change, which would allow 16 more teams to participate in the World Cup.