The 2022 World Cup, set to be held in Qatar, is already facing controversy over the treatment of workers building the stadiums, but now it has a new edict to contend with: hiding the beer.
In Qatar, alcohol consumption is heavily regulated, with only a handful of places selling alcohol to the public. This poses a problem for FIFA, who typically have beer sponsors for their events, as well as for fans who are used to being able to enjoy a cold one while watching the game.
To address this issue, FIFA has asked Qatar to create designated “fan zones” where alcohol can be served and consumed. These fan zones will be enclosed, ticketed areas that are off-limits to locals, and will only be accessible to visitors who are 21 or older.
This move has been met with criticism from both locals and international human rights organizations. Many locals view the fan zones as an affront to their culture and traditions, while human rights organizations argue that FIFA should not be promoting alcohol consumption in a country where it is heavily regulated.
Furthermore, there are concerns about the environmental impact of the fan zones, which will require significant resources to construct and maintain. Qatar, which is already facing scrutiny over its carbon footprint due to the construction of the stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup, will now have to contend with the added burden of creating and managing these fan zones.
The decision to create fan zones for alcohol consumption at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a controversial one, with concerns over cultural sensitivity, human rights, and environmental impact. It remains to be seen how successful these fan zones will be, and what kind of impact they will have on the local community and environment.