Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

Mexican followers tried to sneak booze into the Qatar Football World Cup stadium in a flask veiled as binoculars, but the hapless fans were caught, and it was seized. Footage shows a fan clad in a green football shirt holding next to three officials. The supporter is at the security scanners they must go through to be let into the stadium. One of the officials seems to tell the other that there is something suspicious about the binoculars.

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Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

The other official holds them up to look through with them their intended use. But he then looks more closely. As he detaches the middle part, he smells it and realizes that the man was trying to run alcohol into the stadium. Amidst the ban on alcoholic drinks in the perimeter of the stadium, the binoculars were then seized. The man was carrying a pair of eyeglasses that double as a travel water bottle flask- the unusual item is commonly available online. The video, which has racked up more than 182,000 views on Twitter, has drawn a swathe of fascinated commenters. While a host of others commented with laughing emojis. Meanwhile, others agreed with the security and told they were right to seize the booze and impose the ban.

It comes days after the alcohol ban was declared in the typically teetotal nation of Qatar where tourists can only buy or drink alcohol inside licensed hotels or restaurants. Exceptions for the Football World Cup would have meant fans were able to buy beers in special ‘fan zones’ or on stadium concourses. Then Qatar defaulted on part of that deal, meaning beer is now only bought inside the fan zones. Pints cost £12 and are only offered at certain times, and each person is limited to four maximums to stop them from getting drunk.

Someone who does get drunk hazards being taken away until they sober up. Followers in Qatar last week responded with a mix of anger and acceptance at the ban, with 25-year-old England follower Alex Todd describing it as madness. Why is the Football World Cup here when basic pleasures are taken from you, he asked.  It was the latest debate to plague an already fraught Football World Cup the first to be held in a Muslim nation which has thrown football’s governing ethos and conventional frills into conflict with the hosts’ moderate understanding of Islam. 

German fan Daniel Schwestka, 30, from Dusseldorf, stated: “Football without beer is not football. I go to many games even in the third German leagues, and you can have a beer. It is normal to drink beer at football, and this is the Football World Cup. When I came to Doha, I had two bottles of whiskey, in my luggage and they took it from me at the airport. I knew it was going to be tough to drink here. Then how can they ban beer at the actual stadiums? It is absurd.”

Brian Davidson, the first fan in Qatar to drink an official Football World Cup beer told: “I’m shocked, it doesn’t make common sense. What is wrong with having a beer at a game?  Beer wasn’t going to be sold within the stadiums anyhow, just on the forecourt. Millions of people are coming from all over the world, and they just want to watch football, enjoy the sun, and knock back a few beers.”

Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

I will just have to go to the Fan Zones or a hotel for a drink although it’s a real pity that the Qataris have applied this ban. The full FIFA statement supposed: Following discussions between host country experts and FIFA, a decision has been made to emphasize the sale of alcoholic beverages at the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan termini, and licensed places, eliminating sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup stadium perimeters. There is no effect on the sale of Bud Zero which will remain open at all of Qatar’s Football World Cup stadiums. 

Host country agencies and FIFA will continue to make sure that the stadiums and adjacent areas provide an entertaining, respectful, and pleasant feel for all followers. The tournament organizers welcome knowledge and continuous support to our joint dedication to cater to everyone throughout the Football World Cup. FIFA had already made one compromise last week to the Qatari hosts on the accessibility of Budweiser in stadiums. Organizers claimed the Budweiser allowance stands were too visible, so FIFA decided to move them into positions where they would be less noticeable. Such changes are highly rare so close to the start of a tournament Football World Cup.

Just three months ago, FIFA also decided to move the starting date of the tournament Football World Cup a day earlier so the hosts would be playing in the only game on that day. Qatar v Ecuador was played on November 20. The only place alcohol can now be purchased in or around stadiums will be in the hospitality boxes, which start at $22,450 per game. Those lucky enough to get a seat in a box are promised ‘soft drinks, beers, Champagne, sommelier-selected wines, and premium spirits’ both before, throughout, and after the game.

The sale of alcohol is hardly the only debate that has plagued the Qatar Football World Cup, which is being played in the winter because summer temperatures in the desert nation frequently top 40C. Heat will still be strong, even in winter, with daytime heats hovering around 30C with punishing humidity. Wales shifted their training meetings from 1.30 pm until 4 pm because players were trying. The latest matches in Qatar will kick off at 10 pm local time when it will be cooler, although some of the previous matches will be played in scorching 1 pm heat.

Qatar also faces severe allegations of abuse of migrant workers many of whom are thought to have died in the heat who built the Football World Cup stadiums and infrastructure to cope with more than one million followers descending on a country with a regular people of just 300,000. Officially, Doha tells just three deaths are directly attributable to the building project. But human rights groups say that figure is likely in the hundreds, and in the thousands.

Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

Workers from some of the world’s most deprived countries told being paid just pence per day for their work, while Qatar has also been alleged of using North Korean hard worker labour for some of the projects. Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s former boss who was forced to resign shortly after the Qatar Football World Cup was announced amid a bribery scandal, has even admitted the tournament was a mistake. He highlighted a single issue the size of the host nation stating the country was simply not big enough to manage the event that is the world’s premier sporting tournament. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers Football World Cup tickets for the Qatar Football World Cup at the best prices. Football fanatics and buy Football World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

The Qatar headland, which juts out from the east shore of Saudi Arabia, is just 115 miles long just about the gap from London to Bristol. The drive from the east to the west coast takes less than an hour. The run-up to the tournament Football World Cup has also been plagued with problems, often linked to the conservative feelings of the country’s Muslim rulers. Earlier this month, it was told a Qatar Football World Cup ambassador told German tv broadcaster ZDF that same-gender attraction is the harm to the mind. In an interview filmed in Doha, former Qatari international Khalid Salman focus on the issue of homosexuality, which is illegal in the country.

Some football players have raised fears over the rights of fans travelling to the event, particularly LGBT+ individuals and women, whom rights groups tell Qatari laws to discriminate against. The country anticipated more than one million visitors for the World Cup. They must accept our rules here,’ Salman said, in an excerpt of the interview. Same-gender attraction is haram. Do you know what haram forbidden means? he spoke.

When asked why it was haram, Salman said: I am not a strict Muslim but why is it haram? Because it is hurt in the mind. An additional official then instantly stopped the interview. Qatar’s Football World Cup organizers, when emailed by Reuters, declined to comment. World football’s ruling body FIFA did not directly respond to a call for comment. Organizers have frequently told everyone is welcome in Qatar throughout the Football World Cup.

Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the Football World Cup, although the small nation has come under intense stress in recent years for its treatment of foreign workers and restricted social laws. The country’s human rights record has led to calls for squads and officials to boycott the November 20 – December 18 tournament. Earlier this month FIFA came under scrutiny after Sky News got hold of a letter that the governing body had issued around the unions heading to Qatar.

Please, let’s now concentrate on football Infantino and FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura wrote to the 32 countries due to compete. We know football does not live in a vacuum and we are so aware that there are many challenges and problems of a political nature all around the world. Only please do not allow football to be dragged into every political or political battle that is. England and Wales and other nations plan to wear rainbow armbands at the tournament with the words One Love carved across them. Qatar Football World Cup chief director Nasser Al Khater last month told that gay supporters were welcome in the country but once again told of the nation’s differing cultural norms. 

“Everybody will feel safe in Qatar, Al-Khater said on Sky News. We have always been told that everyone is welcome here. What we ask for is regard for our culture.”

Football World Cup, rising fossil fuel exports to drive Qatar economy at 4.6% in 2022

The much-awaited 22nd FIFA men’s Football World Cup is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. The small oil and natural gas-rich Arabian Gulf nation have spent $200 billion so far on transportation to accommodate over one million guests during the month-long sports festival. Against this backdrop, the Qatar market is likely to grow at a faster pace of 4.6% in 2022 linked to 1.5% in 2021, forecasts GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.

The much-awaited football tournament Football World Cup is likely to not only put Qatar on the worldwide map as the epicentre of international tourism and business interests but also offer a major boost to the economy. The country has spent massive amounts of money to upgrade infrastructure in hospitality, power production, 5G telecommunications, and transport. Qatar’s nation will not only be driven by the assets and rising tourist inflows during the Football World Cup but then also by higher transfers of fossil fuels amid the rising pressure from European nations.

GlobalData plans the number of international appearances in the country to rise by 162% over last year to 2.2 million in 2022. With a surge in visitor inflows and an increase in tourism expenditure throughout the Football World Cup, the wholesale and trade sector is forecast to record a growth rate of 7.6%, whereas savings to upgrade roads, railways, and airports are predictable to boost the construction sector by 7.3% in 2022.

Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

In times of potential ticket revenue, GlobalData forecasts an estimated $360.3 million for Qatar across 64 matches due to be played during the Football World Cup. There are 27 active partnerships held by FIFA and the Qatar Football World Cup, out of which seven hold an expected value of more than $100 million for the current rights cycle alone. The total sponsorship income from these 27 deals alone comes out at an expected value of $1.7 billion.

Huge infrastructure funds have also opened millions of job openings in key sectors with construction, real property, and hospitality. GlobalData estimates the unemployment rate in Qatar to decrease to 0.7% in 2022 from 1.8% in 2021. Rising employment prospects are also likely to boost domestic demand and real household expenditure spending is projected to rise by 6.3% in 2022 linked to 3.7% in 2021.

Patel concludes: “Though Qatar is the first Arab nation to host the world’s biggest sporting event, which has established the region’s competence in hosting international events, several concerns counting dishonesty scandals, terror financing, and human rights defilement continue to continue a cause of concern towards the overall growth of the economy.”

Football World Cup followers chose party city Dubai over buttoned-down Qatar

Football fanatic Chris Leek was born in 1958, the last time Wales qualified for the Football World Cup. All I ever wanted was to see Wales in the Football World Cup now I can be happy for the rest of my life, he told of the country’s involvement in this year’s tournament in Qatar. Leek plays alto saxophone with The Barry Horns, a brass band made up of 11 Welsh football followers.

Seven of them have journeyed to the Gulf to play at Wales’ matches in Qatar, not only to try to galvanize the throng with their music but then also to promote Welsh identity and freedom from the UK. But like thousands of other fans, they have based themselves in nearby Dubai, the regional business hub in the United Arab Emirates, making the tiring day-long trip to the Qatari capital Doha via hour-long shuttle flights linking the cities throughout the tournament. Supporters from the participating countries have opted for Dubai’s lively nightlife scene over Doha’s buttoned-down atmosphere. Qatar’s last-minute ruling to ban alcohol sales around the stadiums only serves to underline the country’s more fundamentalist culture. The party atmosphere starts at Dubai’s two airports, where retailers have been so busy this week that some ran out of McDonald’s and Heineken beer.

Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

Throughout the city, fan zones have been busy with supporters from every nation, mirroring the varied nature of Dubai’s ex-pat population, which makes up 90% of the 3.5mn population. In the downtown financial centre, bankers have been switching suits for football shirts to watch games at its fan park, where companies have been leasing out lounges at $5,500 for 20 people, which contain food and booze. With 60 daily shuttle flights between Dubai and Doha, up to 350,000 people could be transferred from the region’s tourism hub throughout the tournament Football World Cup, which beliefs to host about 1.5mn visitors.

The deluge of supporters comes in the middle of Dubai’s tourism season when tourists flock there in search of winter sun. The government-owned airport operator tells passenger throughput has surpassed pre-pandemic numbers, with traffic exceeding 6mn a month during the third quarter. Dubai’s Emirates Airlines has noted a 228% rise in passengers in its first-half results.

Dubai has extraordinarily strong demand at this time of year and I am sure there will be people travelling around through Dubai to the Football World Cup, told Issam Kazim, chief director of Dubai Tourism. This tournament World Cup will be a boost for the entire region. But officials say the number of followers who are visiting the region with the sole purpose of making games in Qatar is likely in the low tens of thousands, or the equal of an uptick in hotel tenancy of up to three percentage points.

Many game tickets have been sold to ex-pats in the Gulf, including some of the 100,000-plus Britons living in the UAE. Many hotels are now running at near full power anyway as travel demand has soared. In September, the last offered statistics, average occupancy at the 140,000 available rooms around the emirate was 71% with the average daily rate around a quarter higher than in 2019. Dubai-based Expat Sport has given in about 2,000 fans through its hotel and flight packs for followers who have tickets to attend tournaments in Qatar.

Followers from South America, India, and the UK are staying in the popular Palm Island area of Dubai, travelling to and from Qatar on trips booked by the company, which also sells Football World Cup hospitality packages for UAE-based ex-pats.

Followers are caught trying to smuggle booze into the Football World Cup stadium

There’s general enthusiasm, it is suddenly here, told Sue Holt, director of the sports tourism group. People who were not feeling about it are telling us why we do not just go. For tourists such as The Barry Horns’ founder Fez Watkins, Dubai also presented a chance to visit amazing clubs where the blend of south Asian and Arabic-influenced rhythms was very, mind-blowingly good. Local well-wishers have been lending the band sound gear and drums for the games in Doha as well as their gigs for refugee enthusiasts at hotels and events at the British embassies in Qatar and Dubai.

The group, established in 2011 when the national group’s fortunes were at a low point, plays tunes such as the military march Men of Harlech and Depeche Mode’s Just Cannot Get Plenty, to raise the morale of the Red Wall of Welsh followers decked out in national colours and bucket hats. There have been a few difficulties, although it has been great overall coming at the airport with the admirers from likes of Mexico and Argentina has been a joyful Football World Cup event, said Watkins. The Football World Cup has always been like a party we were never asked to. And now we are part of it.

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