Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face


              In this July 11, 2018 photo, booths marketing products by event sponsors Budweiser and Coca-Cola stand beside a statue of Lenin, as fans arrive for the semifinal match between Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The sale of all beer with alcohol at the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar has been banned. The decision comes only two days before the soccer tournament is set to start. Non-alcoholic beer will still be available for fans at the 64 matches. FIFA says the decision was made "following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
            
              FILE - In this July 11, 2018 photo, a man drinks a beer in a Budweiser pavilion in front of the Lenin statue and the Luzhniki Stadium as fans arrive for the semifinal match between Croatia and England, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The sale of all beer with alcohol at the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar has been banned. The decision comes only two days before the soccer tournament is set to start. Non-alcoholic beer will still be available for fans at the 64 matches. FIFA says the decision was made "following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
            
              Ads for Budweiser are seen at a hotel hosting a major bar for the beermaker in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. World Cup organizers will ban the sale of all beer with alcohol at the eight stadiums used for the soccer tournament, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Ads for Budweiser are seen at a hotel hosting a major bar for the beermaker in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. World Cup organizers will ban the sale of all beer with alcohol at the eight stadiums used for the soccer tournament, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              FILE - Bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London on Oct. 13, 2015. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
            
              FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2015, file photo, Budweiser beer cans are seen at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)