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Fans Furious With Qatar's Last-Minute Change Before World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup ball Al Rihla

31 March 2022, Qatar, Doha: Soccer: 2022 FIFA Congress. The official match ball "Al Rihla" ("the journey" in Arabic) for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar lies on the podium during a press conference after the Fifa Congress at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC). Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa (Photo by Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images)

As if fans didn't need more of a reason to fume at Qatar heading into the 2022 FIFA World Cup this weekend, the nation's tournament organizers have just made a major course reversal that has fans fuming.

According to Front Office Sports, Qatari officials have banned the sale of alcohol in and around the eight stadiums being used during the World Cup. The only exception is for people who buy luxury suites - which have a starting price point of over $20,000.

The decision comes just 48 hours before the World Cup's opening ceremony and first match between Qatar and Ecuador. That certainly won't be to the liking of their Budweiser sponsor, who FIFA have invested a whopping $75 million in sponsorship deals for the World Cup.

Fans are fuming at FIFA for not being able to see this coming. Many are taking some delight in seeing the soccer governing body reap what they sow:

"Ha. That'll teach fifa a lesson. Take all the money, then get bit by the Budweiser deal. Hope they don't change it," one user replied.

"Gotta be the worst country to ever host a World Cup, my lord," wrote another.

"It’s amazing with just how deceitful Qatar has been for the World Cup," John Vogel of NFL Draft Blitz tweeted.

Who knows what's going to happen to any fans who try to pregame the World Cup games? This could get really, really ugly.