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Fans will be able to drink in English pub in Qatar during the World Cup

Dominic Smithers

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Fans will be able to drink in English pub in Qatar during the World Cup

If you're heading to the World Cup and wondering where you're gonna get a little slice of home, fear not.

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Gary Neville recently went out to Qatar to see what plans were in place for the tournament, and how it will be different to previous events.

Speaking to organisers about the issue of drinking, he learned that they had come up with some 'innovative' ways to deal with the huge influx of traveling supporters.

One of these is to build a cruise ship, which fans will be able to stay onboard during the World Cup.

And it even has its own English pub, The Masters of The Sea.

The ex-Manchester United player bumped into a few English fans during a tour of the ship, who said they would highly recommend it to other fans making the journey later this month.

Asked during an episode of The Overlap whether they would recommend the cruise, and the boozer, to other fans, one of them said: "Absolutely."

Fans can enjoy a pint at an English pub in Qatar. Credit: Sky Sports
Fans can enjoy a pint at an English pub in Qatar. Credit: Sky Sports

However, if you are one of the many thousands who will be heading to Qatar for the tournament, an expert has offered some friendly advice regarding behaviour and etiquette.

Qatar has a list of strict rules when it comes to consuming alcohol, with those found to be drunk in the streets facing hefty fines.

And speaking to The Mirror, Diego Maloney, an analyst at threat assessment firm Riskline, says fans could find themselves in hot water if they're not careful.

He told the outlet that behaviour will be closely monitored, and those found to have stepped out of line may get a stern talking to.

"Pre World Cup they would definitely arrest you for being publicly drunk, during the World Cup there'll be sober tents, where you're put if you're being drunk but harmless and a general nuisance," said Diego.

"There you'll be monitored by a health official, who will release you with a warning."

However, when it comes to the kinds of punishments being handed out over drinking in Qatar, Diego said he wasn't sure how strict the authorities will be.

He explained: "Once the tournament is over the laws will be enforced to a full extent, which is worrying for people imprisoned there.

Fans have been warned about their drinking. Credit: Nikolay Vinokurov/Alamy
Fans have been warned about their drinking. Credit: Nikolay Vinokurov/Alamy

"What laws are applied is up to the royal family, they can find a decree that temporarily suspends it or tell their people not to apply the law. It is unclear which has happened.

"People face long corrupt trials and prison sentences."

Fans thinking of taking drugs to Qatar have also been warned that they could find themselves in serious trouble should they be caught in possession of illegal substances, such as cocaine.

According to Law No. 9 of 1987 on Control and Regulation of Control and Regulation of Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances, people who smuggle drugs into the country face 20 years in prison and a fine of between 100,000 (£21,349) and 300,000 riyals (£64,047).

Repeat offenders, however, could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/Simon Dack /Alamy

Topics: Sport, Football, World Cup, UK News

Dominic Smithers
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