Football fans face paying $140 per pint of beer at Qatar World Cup

Eye-watering World Cup drinks prices have been revealed with football fans paying up to A$140 per pint.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 England fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the World Cup group stages, The Sun reports

And thousands more are set to follow if Gareth Southgate’s side reach the knockout stages.

Unlike relatively-relaxed Dubai some 200 miles away, Qatar has tougher restrictions on who can buy alcohol and where – limiting most purchases to restaurants and high-end hotels.

But some sports bars have been accused of exploiting visitors by charging fans up to A$425 each to watch the World Cup semi-finals and finals.

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The stunning price includes a three-drink voucher for bottles of Budweiser or Corona or a glass of house wine – working out at around $140 a drink.

Drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide – which owns many of the world’s most popular beer brands including Becks, Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois – are even training up to 6,000 workers in Qatar to be able to pour a pint properly.

Public drunkenness is technically illegal and those found guilty face up to six months’ jail time and a fine of 3,000 riyals, or around A$1,240.

However, in reality, Qatari officials often turn a blind eye to expats getting drunk, as long as they stay within the restaurants and hotels.

And spaces will be created to “sober up” drunk supporters.

Qatar’s World Cup chief executive, Nasser Al Khater said: “There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve been drinking excessively.

“It’s a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they’re not harmful to anybody else.”

Fans also can’t bring any booze into the country, and authorities will confiscate any alcohol in travellers’ luggage and there are also strict laws on drugs.

Any fans caught smuggling cocaine into the country could face the death penalty.

Cheaper alternative locations for drinking have been identified by SunSport.

Public House, Mulberry Tavern, The Irish Harp and Champions Sports bar are all good options.

And the astronomical price of beer won’t be the only headache facing football fans as they arrive in Qatar in the coming days.

Concerning images have emerged showing the shipping container-style accommodation thousands of fans will have to endure while enjoying the tournament.

Pictures show the inside to be made up of either two single beds or a double bed inside cramped rooms.

Toilets, mini-fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities are also visible in the images.

A select group of journalists and photographers from around the world were given a tour of one village which contained 6000 cabins near the city’s airports.

According to AP, the 3.1 square-kilometre site included a metro station, a bus stop, and a planned temporary restaurant and convenience store.

Some of the fan villages would require fans to travel more than 40 minutes to access stadiums.

The country has estimated it will have 130,000 rooms per day for the tournament.

“We have enough accommodation and people still they can come and enjoy the tournament and of course they can choose what they are looking for from the accommodation,” Omar al-Jaber, the head of accommodation at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy told the news agency.

Staff have been hard at work in recent weeks preparing the portable rooms, which are preparing to host up to 60,000 fans.

The tournament kicks off on November 20 as host nation Qatar take on Ecuador.

– This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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