“We want beer!” : Ecuadorian fans mock Qatar in their World Cup opener against the host nation after they banned the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the tournament
Ecuadorian fans were heard chanting ‘We want beer’ during the World Cup opener against Qatar.
The chant was in response to Qatar’s decision to ban the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the tournament.
Despite FIFA reaching a £63m sponsorship deal with Budweiser, the Qatari royal family took the decision to ban alcohol inside the stadium just two days before the tournament started.
Ecuadorian fans chanted ‘We want beer’ during their World Cup opener against Qatar
Supporters can buy alcohol in the fan zones, but a pint costs £12 and individuals are limited to four drinks each. Alcohol will also be available in the stadium reception boxes.
Under normal circumstances, alcohol is largely restricted in Qatar, except in some hotels and restaurants.
Ecuadorian fans were heard chanting: “Queremos cerveza”, which translates to “We want beer”.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has dismissed claims that the alcohol ban is unfair
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has dismissed claims from European fans that the alcohol ban is unfair.
Infantino said: “Honestly, if this is the biggest problem we have for the World Cup, I will sign immediately, go to the beach and relax until December 18.
“Every decision we make at this World Cup is a joint decision between Qatar and FIFA. I personally believe that if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive.
It was announced this week that fans will not be able to purchase alcohol at stadiums in Qatar.
Californian delivery driver Brian Davidson told DailyMail.com he was devastated by the alcohol ban.
He said: ‘I’m devastated, it doesn’t make sense. What’s wrong with drinking beer at a game? The beer wasn’t going to be sold inside the stadiums anyway, just in the lobby.
“Millions of people come from all over the world and just want to watch football, enjoy the sun and have a few beers.
“I will only have to go to the Fan Zones or to a hotel for a drink, but it’s really a shame that the Qataris have implemented this ban.”