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Qatar Bans Alcohol Sales at World Cup Stadiums in Abrupt U-Turn

  • Budweiser brand is the official beer of the tournament
  • Alcohol availability has been particular flash-point in Qatar
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WATCH: Qatari officials are set to reverse a decision to allow Budweiser beer to be sold within its World Cup stadiums.Source: Bloomberg
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The organizers behind the World Cup in Qatar have banned the sale of alcohol within stadium grounds, dramatically reversing a decision to allow Anheuser-Busch InBev NV to sell Budweiser beer.

The decision will likely result in moving concession stands serving alcohol even further away from the stadiums. The tournament, typically the world’s largest sporting event and a decade in the planning, kicks off Sunday with the hosts taking on Ecuador.