All business for the athletes at this year’s World Cup will be in Qatar and the fans will not tolerate any funny business at all.
The host country imposes a strict ban on unmarried sex and the consumption of alcohol in public places. Any fan or visitor who breaks either of these laws can receive up to seven years behind bars.
A police source told the UK’s Daily Star that “sex is very far off the list, unless you’re coming in as husband and wife. There certainly won’t be a single night in this tournament.”
The Daily Star reports that some fans of different family names have already been banned from booking and sharing hotel rooms.
“With very severe and frightening consequences if you get caught. There is a feeling that this tournament could be very bad for the fans,” a source told the Daily Star.
“Zina” is the legal term used by traditional Muslim countries, such as Qatar, to criminalize multiple types of illicit sex, including premarital sex and homosexuality.
This situation gave some in UK law enforcement pause, according to the Daily Star, who did not want British fans to get into trouble for “doing the acceptable everyday things in and after matches”.
But Nasser Al-Khater, Qatar’s World Cup chief executive, said: “…Public displays of emotion are reprehensible, they are not part of our culture – and this is something that runs across the board.”
The Secretary-General of the Qatar Football Association, Mansour Al-Ansari, said that his country is even considering banning rainbow flags at the games that will be held from November 21 to December. 18.
Previous reports indicated that the rules for drinking alcohol in games have been relaxed. In early 2021, Ireland-based RTE reported that MATCH Hospitality, the World Cup hospitality provider, said it expected people to be able to drink at the Games.
However, drinking would be a luxury item. The New York Post reported in February that fans will be allowed to drink alcohol in a special MATCH Pearl Lounge suite – if they can afford the $4,950 ticket.
RTE said the host nation had experimented with a “fans wet zone” when it hosted the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019. There, fans can get affordable beer at a designated location outside the capital, Doha, rather than paying a much higher amount at a few select high-end hotels. in the capital.
I News in the UK reported in November that some locations in downtown Doha, such as Al Bidda Park and Souq Waqif Park, are sites for fan zones.