England players’ families have reportedly found a way to get more bang for their buck in Qatar aboard a luxury cruise ship. The country’s alcohol policy has been a prominent topic of debate at the World Cup with fans forced to pay extortionate prices in restricted areas away from stadiums.
Some supporters were dealt a blow in the lead-up to the tournament as Budweiser announced that a beer would set them back a whopping £11.60. That’s despite Qatari organisers hinting that the country’s strict approach to alcohol could be relaxed during the World Cup.
Just days before kick-off, pressure from the Qatari royal family is then thought to have sparked a late U-turn on the sale of alcohol in and around stadiums. Fans are only able to buy the non-alcoholic version of Budweiser outside of designated fan parks and a select few hotels and restaurants, leaving the drinks giant with hoards of surplus stock.
Supporters in fan parks have also faced a limit of four drinks per person, but The Telegraph claim that England players’ families have found a loophole with many of them staying aboard a luxury cruise ship.
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“We’re going to have to monitor it throughout, but also there’s this balance of the spirit and happiness of the group and the medical line of zero risk, and sometimes if you’re going to take zero risks it can kill it for everybody, so we’ve got to try and find that balance.”
England kick-started their 2022 World Cup campaign with a handsome 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday, with Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham in stellar form ahead of what promises to be a comparatively tougher test against the USA.