Ban on Beer Is Latest Flash Point in World Cup Culture Clash

Posted on AllSides November 18th, 2022
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The tiny but fabulously wealthy Gulf nation of Qatar has spent 12 years preparing to host soccer’s World Cup, a marathon of planning and patience during which it has redrawn an entire nation by building stadiums and hotels, roads and sidewalks, even a gleaming new subway system.

Yet it was not until Friday that it finally settled on what to do about the sale of beer during the tournament, and the decision — to the consternation of the roughly 1 million fans set to arrive in the coming days —...

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