World Cup party cancelled for fans amid restrictions on alcohol sales

World Cup party cancelled for fans amid restrictions on alcohol sales


rganisers have sought to downplay the cancellation of a World Cup party for Wales fans forward of their crunch group B conflict with Iran.

Fan charity Gol Cymru was trying to construct on the success of its events held both facet of Wales’ opening World Cup game against the US with a second round of occasions for Friday’s fixture.

However, they knowledgeable ticketholders {that a} change “imposed” at the “last-minute” following talks with the Qatari authorities meant they may “no longer serve alcohol before midday Friday”.

Wales versus Iran kicks off at 1pm Qatari time, 10am within the UK, at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

The electronic mail from Gol Cymru acknowledged: “The hotel have been in discussions with the Qatari authorities overnight and unfortunately, as it is with Qatar, a change has been imposed and we can now no longer serve alcohol before midday Friday.

“Therefore, we have had to take the decision to cancel the pre-match event and offer you two options.”

These embody attending a post-match party on Friday or a pre-match party on November 29 before the ultimate group B game with England, both additionally at the InterContinental Doha lodge, within the West Bay area of town.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Association’s fan embassy later noted Friday is a holy day and “no alcohol before midday” is allowed.

Event host Rhodri Williams said they’d at all times factored within the guidelines of no alcohol before noon, including he believed there had been a “miscommunication” within the replace to fans over the cancellation.

Mr Williams told the PA news company: “We respect the law here, I’m not upset, I’ll be honest with you nobody has contacted me to say ‘God, I’m really disappointed’.

“The response to it is positive and common-sense.”

He added: “I think there’s been a bit of miscommunication, a bit of misunderstanding, and it’s simple as that.

“Let’s carry on enjoying ourselves at the World Cup and hope that Wales get out of the group with England, and then we’ll all be happy.”

Mr Williams said there weren’t a big number of bookings forward of the game, citing the necessity for fans to journey to the stadium in time for kick-off.

He said of the occasions: “It’s a wonderful, wonderful atmosphere. I just want to say thank you to the Wales fans for being so understanding and supportive and no problem at all.”

Mr Williams added: “Friday, can you have a drink after 12? Yes you can. How much? Loads. You can have the time of your life on Friday – just wait until 12 o’clock. That’s all.”

The sale of alcohol to fans at World Cup stadiums in Qatar was banned two days before the match kicked off – with an exception made for company spectators.

The UK Foreign Office said it’s an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public, with alcohol accessible at designated locations together with accommodations.

Paul Corkrey, from the Wales Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), said the pre-match party was a “great place” for individuals to congregate forward of the 1-1 draw with the USA on Monday and fans have been “pretty sensible” travelling to the game.

He said it was “disappointing” to hear the adjustments imposed on Friday’s pre-match occasion.

Elsewhere, the Football Association of Wales said Fifa has confirmed that fans will give you the chance to put on Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags contained in the stadium on Friday after such gadgets have been confiscated on Monday.

In a statement, they said: “In response to the FAW, Fifa has confirmed that fans with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags will be allowed entry to the stadium for Cymru’s match against Iran on Friday.

“All World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules & regulations.

“The FAW urges Fifa to adhere to their message that everybody will be welcome in Qatar during the World Cup and continue to highlight any further human rights issues.

“We remain with the belief that football is for everyone.”

England fans additionally urged Fifa to keep away from a repeat of the ticketing issues which meant some missed components of the Three Lions’ opening game 6-2 win against Iran.

Some supporters have been frantically refreshing the official ticketing mobile app on their telephones in a bid to have their QR code load simply minutes before kick-off.

Ashley Brown, from the FSA’s fans’ embassy, said: “This issue is well documented and Fifa simply has to get on top of it.”

He added: “We’d advise all supporters to arrive early in case of any future issues.”

A Fifa spokesman said: “Fifa’s service provider is working on solving the issue that some spectators are facing with the Fifa ticketing app as soon as possible, with alternative solutions being provided in the meantime that allow all ticket holders to access the stadium.”

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