Qatar to send drunken fans to sobering-up areas during World Cup

Oct 13, 2022

Qatar's World Cup chief Nasser Al Khater said Thursday there will be special zones at the tournament for drunken football supporters to sober up.

The sale of alcohol in Qatar will move from hotel bars to fan zones and outside stadiums during the World Cup, which runs from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18. Qatar is a predominantly Muslim country where public drinking is restricted, and it has decided to control public drunkenness by ensuring there is an alternative to arrests or jail time.

"There are plans in place for people to sober up if they've been drinking excessively," Al Khater, who is chief executive of the supreme committee, told Sky News. "It's a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they're not harmful to anybody else."

Source: ESPN