World Cup chiefs are expecting fewer UK fans than usual – with many postponed wine ban and accommodation ‘shoebox’.
Only between 3,000 and 4,000 fans of the Three Lions, and as many as 3,000 cheering for the Wales team, are likely to travel to Qatar this month.
That’s a much lower figure than in previous tournaments, with some fans complaining about expensive accommodation, draconian rules about drinking and socializing, as well as excessively hot conditions in the region. Tiny bay.
Impressed supporters have called Qatar’s fan accommodation ‘shoebox in the desert’
Qatar’s tourism chiefs have claimed basic cabins costing £230 a night will house thousands of fans during the tournament, which runs from 20 November to 18 December. unimpressed supporters have called them ‘shoeboxes in the desert’.
The brightly colored huts near Doha airport have two single beds, toilets, showers and air conditioning – much needed at 32C (90F).
About 60% of the 6,000 cabins in the fan village – where fans without tickets can watch matches on big TV screens – are booked.
Fans are being warned that one trip for the entire tournament could cost them up to £5,000, including travel and accommodation costs. Qatar is a strictly Muslim country and drinking is prohibited except in high-end hotels and an outdoor ‘fan zone’ along the coast. Thanks to a ‘sin tax’ that applies to all alcohol sales throughout the tournament, drinks in the fan zone are expected to cost £13 a litre, with prices in top hotels. first shot up to a whopping £80 a pint during the semi-final. finals and finals.
Basic cabins for the Qatar World Cup will cost fans £230 a night
Drinking anywhere else, along with gambling, swearing, vaping, and any public display of affection – for both gay and heterosexual couples – are Offenses may result in arrest.
For the first time at a World Cup, British police dispatched a team of 15 experienced officers to help extreme football fans avoid arrest.
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