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After a policy change two days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, fans will not be able to buy alcohol at any of the eight stadiums.
Even though the Muslim country has strict rules about selling alcohol, they would be serve them in some parts of the stadiums.
At the tournament, people in the corporate areas of the stadiums will still be able to buy alcohol.
Sunday, when Qatar plays Ecuador, the World Cup starts.
Budweiser is owned by the beer company AB InBev, also a big sponsor of FIFA. Budweiser is the only beer that can be sold at the World Cup.
On Friday, Budweiser tweeted, “Well, this is awkward.” It later took the tweet down.
A spokesperson for AB InBev said that “circumstances beyond our control” meant they couldn’t go through with some of the planned stadium events.
The Football Supporters Association (FSA) said that the decision to ban beer sales for most fans came at the wrong time.
Ryan, an Arsenal fan from England was also upset about the late change.
Other changes to the tournament
In August, FIFA moved the start date of the World Cup so that Qatar would play Ecuador in the first game.
The game was initially scheduled for November 21 as the third game. The first game, between Senegal and the Netherlands, billed for earlier.
The last-minute ban on alcohol shows how this World Cup is full of contradictions.
Qatar has a lot to prove. It is a small, wealthy Muslim country in the middle east with a strict way of life and big plans to be a serious player in the sports world.
People in Qatar will see this ban on selling alcohol as a sign that the government follows the rules that most Muslims here follow.
But there are also questions about consistency and why Fifa couldn’t make Qatar stick to the plan.
FIFA made Brazil change its laws about selling alcohol at games so that it could host the 2014 World Cup.
Fans don’t come here to drink, but for many, that’s part of the football culture.
It’s also a sign of the fine line Qatar is walking: it wants to show the world that it’s an open, welcoming country on one of the world’s biggest stages, but it also wants to keep its cultural, religious, and conservative values.
Heathrow Airport airport workers will go on strike before the world cup
At the end of this month, thousands of workers at Heathrow airport will go on strike for three days.
As a result, football fans heading to the World Cup in Qatar may need to change their plans.
The Unite union says that 700 people who work at the busiest airport in Europe will go on strike. Due to demands for money, from early November 18 until early November 21.
People going to the World Cup may miss England’s first game on November 21 against Iran. Also, flights at Heathrow Terminals 2, 3, and 4 are likely to be late because of the strike. In addition, Qatar Airways has planned to fly out of Terminal 4 ten times a week during the competition.
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After a crazy summer with canceled flights, long delays, a lot of lost luggage, and a daily passenger limit. The protest could cause more trouble at Heathrow.
It also caused more problems for the CEO, John Holland-Kaye. So airlines were furious when Heathrow limited the number of passengers to 100,000 per day from July to October.
The strike would also affect other airlines, like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates. It will also affect people who come to the US for Thanksgiving.