FIFA World Cup: Senator Kalu kicks against beer ban in Qatar1 min read
Former Abia state governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has faulted the ban on alcohol at Qatar’s World Cup.
The Igbere born business mogul described the ban as unnecessary, adding that it was important to consider the needs of soccer fans.
Kalu said, “Should consider the impact this ban will have upon those who follow soccer with great passion.”
“Soccer is secular. It knows no religion, culture or tribe.
“The visiting fans will be disappointed that they can’t watch the beautiful round of leather game with a can of Budweiser, Heineken or Guinness at hand.
“Having signed a $75m sponsorship agreement with FIFA, Budweiser may not take this major breach of contract for granted.
“It could also have a negative impact on developing countries in the future as regards bidding for host of the World Cup”, Kalu warned.
He further advised, “Qatar should reconsider its decision and fulfill its promises to fans on cultural grounds.
“There is an international standard on football and having access to alcohol in the stadium is one of them. It’s entertainment and entertainment must be in whole, not in part.”