Football fans will only be allowed to booze in special drinking zones at the World Cup – or they could face up to six months in jail.
Britons are being told to take “no risks” in Qatar – and are being warned they will be arrested if they appear drunk in public or sip a beer outside designated areas as both are illegal offences.
Visiting nations are being instructed to “respect Islamic traditions” when the tournament begins in November – but there are fears that World Cup fever will grip Three Lions fans.
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A police source said: “I can’t stress enough about how different the two countries are – in every way.
“The cultural beliefs are literally opposite.
“And there is a very real fear – and belief – that the Government is going to be left having to sort out cases of getting Brits released.
“Only fans interested in watching the physical games of football should go.
“Don’t even think about celebrating big wins. It is too dangerous.” Qatar currently has in place a “sin tax” which significantly increases prices of booze. It is normally set at 100%.
But Budweiser, which sponsors the event, expects pints to cost around £6 in designated fan zones, while prices will spike elsewhere.
World Cup chief executive Nasser Al Khater said: “Alcohol is not part of our culture – but hospitality is.”
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