Ecuador fans make feelings on World Cup beer ban clear with brilliant chant


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FIFA announced that the eight stadiums hosting World Cup fixtures in Qatar would not be selling beer just two days before the hosts faced Ecuador on Sunday evening

The travelling Ecuador supporters made their disdain for the World Cup stadium beer ban abundantly clear as they defeated Qatar in the opening game of the tournament.

Enner Valencia scored twice in the first half as La Tricolor eased to victory over the hosts at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday evening. While home fans began to leave in droves at half-time, there was a party atmosphere among the hundreds of Ecuador faithful who had made the 14,000-kilometre trip to the Middle East for the tournament.

That was despite the lack of beer at the stadium, following the organisers’ decision to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages at the eight grounds hosting the World Cup. The lack of booze was not lost on the Ecuador fans, who could be heard chanting: “We want beer!”

Despite their lucrative agreement with Budweiser, FIFA released a statement confirming the alcohol ban in stadiums on Friday, just two days before the tournament got underway with the Group A opener.

“Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022- stadium perimeters,” the statement read.

“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums. Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.

“The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

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