England and Tottenham defender Eric Dier has dismissed concerns over an alcohol ban in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.
- The World Cup starts tomorrow
- England haven’t won since 1966
- Liquor laws can cause concern for fans
WHAT HAPPENED? A few days before the start of the tournament, FIFA opted to ban the sale of beer in all eight host stadiums amid alleged pressure from host Qatar. Naturally, this had led to some concerns about the atmosphere at the games, but Dier has tasked his England team-mates with inspiring support from fans traveling to England.
WHAT THEY SAID: In a press conference, he said: “I would like to think that you can enjoy yourself without alcohol. It is up to us to bring the entertainment. It is up to us to bring great football. This can create a great atmosphere in the stadium. .”
THE LARGER PICTURE: buying It was already expected that alcohol in Qatar would be difficult and expensive enough due to the tightly controlled state laws. However, supporters seemed keen to be able to buy booze in fan zones and in and around stadiums on match days until this latest U-turn.
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There will be no booze in the stands of World Cup stadiums…
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DIER? Of course, this ban should have little impact on the Tottenham defense and their England team-mates who begin their tournament against Iran in Group B on Monday.