It will be business for the athletes at this year’s World Cup in Qatar and absolutely no fun business will be tolerated by the fans.
The host country strictly prohibits unmarried sex and the public consumption of alcohol. Any fan or visitor who violates either of these laws could face up to seven years behind bars.
A police source told the Daily Star in the UK that “sex is really not on the menu unless you come as a husband and wife team. There will definitely be no one-night stands at this tournament.
The Daily Star reported that some fans with different surnames are already barred from booking and sharing hotel rooms.
“With very strict and frightening consequences if you are caught. We have a feeling this could be a very bad tournament for the fans,” a source told the Daily Star.
“Zina” is the legal term that traditionalist Islamic countries, such as Qatar, use to criminalize several types of illicit sex, including premarital sex and homosexuality.
The stance gave some of Britain’s law enforcement pause, according to the Daily Star, who didn’t want UK fans in trouble for “doing accepted everyday things during and after games”.
But Nasser al-Khater, Qatar’s managing director for the World Cup, said: “…public displays of affection are frowned upon, it’s not part of our culture – and it concerns everyone. “
Qatar Football Association general secretary Mansoor Al Ansari said the country is even considering banning rainbow flags at matches, which will run from November 21 to December 21. 18.
Earlier reports have suggested that the rules around drinking alcohol at games have been relaxed. In early 2021, Irish company RTE reported that World Cup hosting provider MATCH Hospitality said it expected people to be able to drink at matches.
However, drinking will be a luxury item. The New York Post reported in February that fans will be allowed to consume alcohol in a private MATCH Pearl Lounge suite — if they can afford the $4,950 ticket.
RTE said the host country experimented with a “wetland for fans” when it hosted the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019. There, fans could get affordable beer at a venue appointed outside the capital Doha, rather than paying a significantly higher amount at a few high-end hotels in the capital.
I News in the UK reported in November that places in downtown Doha, such as Al Bidda Park and Souq Waqif Park, were considered sites for wet fan zones.