Piers Morgan appears to have come out to support Qatar’s last minute decision to ban the sale of alcohol in World Cup stadiums. Many England fans had already landed in Doha when the beer regulations were reshuffled, with a series of late changes coming to surprise as the start of the tournament neared.
Pressure of the Qatari royal family has put FIFA in a sticky situation with key sponsors, Budweiser. The two parties are linked by a multi-million dollar contract, but host nation requests have resulted in reduced visibility and accessibility for the beverage company.
After it was announced that the beer will not be available in or around World Cup stadiums, supporters will only be able to get Budweiser for £11.60 per 500ml glass in designated fan parks. Qatar’s organizers have taken steps to minimize fan problems during the four-week soccer bonanza.
While the decision to ban beer in stadiums has caused uproar among many, particularly after Qatari bosses hinted the rules would be relaxed during the tournament, Morgan suggested England fans got their fair share.
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Late last year, part of an FA statement read: “While we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome of this decision by UEFA. We condemn the appalling behavior of the people who caused the embarrassing scenes at Wembley Stadium.” and its surroundings at the Euro 2020 final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.”
The host nation kicks off the World Cup against Ecuador, while England take second place against Iran on Monday. Gareth Southgate hopes to build on the deep runs he oversaw at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, where the Three Lions reached the semi-finals and final respectively.
“Keeping expectations at bay is extremely difficult when you’re England manager,” Liverpool hero Graeme Souness wrote in The Daily Mail. “All that ridiculous ‘it’s coming home’ stuff doesn’t help. That song has never done them any favors.
“Personally I’d drop the dogs and go for Iran. Do they really need two holding players in that game? I don’t think so. Kalvin Phillips has played hardly any football and England have more than enough to win.” his first opponents. There must be a coup attitude from the first minute and a minimum of caution.”
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