Qatar World Cup Adds Last-Minute Beer Ban to Outrage List

November 19, 2022

Just two days before the first game kicks off, the most controversial soccer World Cup in history managed to bubble up even more outrage by announcing Friday that alcohol will not be sold at any of the eight stadiums in Qatar. Ambassadors for the tournament including soccer star David Beckham have been heavily criticized for taking money to promote the Qatar World Cup after previously embracing the gay community. Even the logistical oddities of hosting the tournament in Qatar have proved a massive headache for soccer. The country’s punishing summer heat meant that the World Cup would have to be played for the first time in winter, disrupting domestic leagues the world over. Rumors have also abounded this week that groups of “fake fans” being paid to act as cheerleaders at the World Cup after videos shared on social media were greeted with skepticism.