Amidst the alcohol ban, Budweiser has discovered a new way to finish up all the beer surplus.
Since Qatar was chosen as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, there were all sorts of questions regarding hows and what. The host nation already came into extreme public scrutiny after it came out that thousands of migrant workers died while building those luxurious and to be honest, unnecessary, stadiums all around the country. Now, out of nowhere it banned drinking alcoholic beverages inside the stadium while the match is going on and this did not go well with all the fans who spent thousands of dollars to watch their nation compete in the world cup finals.
After the ban came into effect, some 24 hours before the match, Budweiser tweeted a photo from their warehouse and wrote what they will do with all the surplus beverage. They tweeted,
“New Day, New Tweet. Winning Country gets the Buds. Who will get them?”
New Day, New Tweet. Winning Country gets the Buds. Who will get them? pic.twitter.com/Vv2YFxIZa1
— Budweiser (@Budweiser) November 19, 2022
Meanwhile, the alcohol ban really stunned many of the die-hard fans who had come to the gulf country to enjoy one month of pure adrenaline-inducing football competition. As in hot temperatures, people tend to drink beer and that is what many of the fans were expecting to do in order to cope with the humid climate of the Arab nation, but Qatar poured water all over their plan.
As with the rule, fans can only drink beer before the match and not when the match is going on. After a match ends, fans can drink beer 1 hour later. Although this move has really brought a lot of heat for both Qatar and FIFA, the FIFA president has vehemently downplayed it all. After the decision, the current president Gianni Infantino said,
“If for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive. Maybe there is a reason why in France, in Spain, in Scotland, alcohol is banned in stadiums. Maybe they are more intelligent than us, having thought maybe we should be doing that.”
He further added,
“If this is the biggest problem we have, I’ll sign that [agreement].”
Well, there you go, no one wants to go up against the autocratic regime of the Qatar government. Let’s hope there is no new rule imposed just like this one. Absolutely, despicable.