World Cup organizers create designated ‘sobering up’ areas to curb fan drunkenness

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Fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be subject to a special area to sober up if they become too intoxicated, organizers have confirmed.

Nasser Al Khater, Qatar’s World Cup chief, cited security when talking about the implementation of designated areas.

“There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve had too much to drink,” said Al Khater, chief executive of the supreme committee. “It’s a place to make sure they protect themselves, they don’t harm anyone else,” Al Khater told Sky News.

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People gather around the official countdown clock showing the time remaining until the kick off of the 2022 World Cup, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Fans heading to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival as part of the host country’s rules to combat COVID-19, organizers announced on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
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FIFA and World Cup officials previously struck a deal allowing fans to buy beer during games. However, the agreement stipulated that only licensed hotel restaurants and bars would be allowed to sell alcohol.

Public intoxication is not particularly prevalent in Qatar. Designated areas are being touted as an alternative to large-scale fan arrests throughout the World Cup.

Any fan who is sent to the “sober up” zone will have to stay there until they display lucid behavior, according to ESPN. However, the fan release will also come with a warning.

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The mark is displayed near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, where the FIFA World Cup draw will be held, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, March 31, 2022. The final draw will take place on April 1 .

The mark is displayed near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, where the FIFA World Cup draw will be held, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, March 31, 2022. The final draw will take place on April 1 .
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Since 1986, Budweiser has been the exclusive beer brand of the World Cup.

Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev has renewed its agreement with FIFA until this year, which has pressured the country to ease its restrictions.

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A general view shows the flags (from left to right) of Costa Rica, Wales, USA, Morocco and Poland, nations that qualified for the 2022 World Cup in the Qatari capital Doha during a flag-raising ceremony for the last remaining countries to qualify, on June 16, 2022.

A general view shows the flags (from left to right) of Costa Rica, Wales, USA, Morocco and Poland, nations that qualified for the 2022 World Cup in the Qatari capital Doha during a flag-raising ceremony for the last remaining countries to qualify, on June 16, 2022.
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Fans will not be able to purchase alcohol from the concession stands, but alcoholic beverages will be available at several stadium enclosures.

Fans are permitted to bring non-alcoholic beverages to their seats.

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The 2022 World Cup begins on November 20 and ends on December 18.

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