As quoted by AP, speaking before England’s first World Cup game with Iran on Monday night, England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said he hoped the team’s performance would make up for fans not being allowed to drink alcohol after a last-minute ban on beer sales by Qatari World Cup organisers. The Arsenal man explained:
“Hopefully with them not being able to drink, we can perform on the pitch to give them that sort of excitement and buzz. I think the fans will find some way of having a beer. I don’t think you need to do it so much at the game. We also have to respect the rules and continue to work, so we’ll put pressure on ourselves to entertain from the football pitch.”
Fans will still be able to buy alcohol at designated fan parks around the country while those fortunate enough to be seated in executive boxes for games will be the only spectators allowed to buy alcohol at World Cup stadia in Qatar.