A last-minute alcohol ban in stadiums deprived supporters of the opportunity to drink a beer at all World Cup matches.
FIFA has confirmed that it is removing the sales outlets of sponsor beer company Budweiser from all stadium perimeters “following discussions with host country authorities”.
Sources close to the organizing committee insisted that alcohol was concerned about the impact on fans in stadiums in Qatar, the Middle East and the wider Asian continent, for whom drinking is not part of culture.
Meanwhile, the fitness of England playmaker James Maddison continues to be debated and Brazil striker Gabriel Martinelli has his sights set on World Cup glory.
Here, the PA news agency looks back on Friday’s events at the 2022 World Cup.
Beer ban will be enforced
The sale of alcohol to fans at World Cup stadiums in Qatar has been banned just two days before the tournament kicks off.
Fans at games will no longer be able to purchase Budweiser, which would have been the only alcoholic beverage available to fans due to its FIFA sponsorship.
From now on, no one attending the matches will be able to consume alcohol within the perimeter of the stadium, with the exception of company spectators.
Fans will still be able to consume alcohol in designated fan zones
Wayne Hennessey hopes the stadium alcohol ban will not affect the atmosphere created by fans at Wales matches.
The goalkeeper said: “I hope it’s not.
“Wales fan support is our 12th man so hopefully that doesn’t distract them in any way.”
Maddison still not in full training
James Maddison was again the only player to train outside the main group as England continued to prepare for their World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.
Maddison will be hoping to be fit for the start of the tournament after a positive knee complaint scan saw him substituted in the first half of Leicester’s win at West Ham last weekend.
The midfielder came out for the pre-session caucus on Friday but worked away from the main group for the second day in a row due to what the Football Association called load management.
Martinelli enjoys his meteoric rise
Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli hopes his dream year will end with a World Cup victory.
The 21-year-old had a great season with the Gunners but, nonetheless, he was a surprise selection in the Brazil squad.
“When Tite first called me into the senior squad in March, I didn’t know what to say,” Martinelli told The Players’ Tribune.
“He texted me and I swear I had to read my reply 20 times. I was afraid of writing something wrong.
“When I got called up to the World Cup squad last week, I got that magical feeling back.
“When my family gathers in the backyard for this one, I’ll be on the TV screen and we’ll bring home the sixth (World Cup), God willing.”
Women will not be excluded – Collina
FIFA chief referee Pierluigi Collina said cultural sensitivities would not prevent female officials from taking charge of some World Cup matches.
Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart, Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and Japanese referee Yamashita Yoshimi have all been selected for the final.
Iran enter the final at a time when women’s rights in the country are in the spotlight following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini. She was arrested for breaking headgear rules and her death sparked nationwide protests against the country’s leaders.
Collina was asked if a female referee could take charge of a game involving Iran, Saudi Arabia or Qatar, and she insisted that only neutrality and performance considerations would come into play in the process. of decision making.
He said: “Our match officials can be important for all matches and if there are any restrictions, they are neutrality restrictions – obviously that will be taken into account.
“But they are here as officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and they are ready to officiate any type of match, depending of course on their performance.”
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