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Aaron Ramsdale has backed England to make fans drunk on football glory instead of beer.
FIFA confirmed yesterday that alcohol will now NOT be served within stadium perimeters at this World Cup after a U-turn by Qatari top brass. Starsport understands Fifa had gained permission last month to sell it within the perimeter of the stadiums.
But pressure came from the Middle East country after a senior member of the Qatar royal family visited a World Cup stadium last week and was not happy with Budweiser stalls being at the stadiums.
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FIFA was then forced to confirm that alcohol will not be sold at stadiums but Ramsdale wants to bring the entertainment on the pitch.
The Arsenal keeper said: “I think the fans will find some way of having a beer, I don't think you need to do it so much at the game. “Hopefully, with them not being able to drink we can perform on the pitch to give them that excitement and buzz.
“But we also have to respect the rules and continue to work, we will put pressure on ourselves to entertain from the football pitch.”
Supporters will still be able to drink at some official FIFA fan parks and in licensed restaurants and bars located in hotels.
It is illegal to drink in public in Qatar.
England's Football Supporters' Association said the decision raises concerns about Qatar's ability to fulfil its promises to visiting fans on "accommodation, transport or cultural issues."
"Some fans like a beer at the match, and some don't, but the real issue is the last-minute U-turn which speaks to a wider problem — the total lack of communication and clarity from the organising committee towards supporters," the association said in a statement on Twitter.
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