The Chief of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has condemned the decision of the government of Qatar to ban sale of alcoholic drinks in the various stadia where the World Cup football matches would be played.
Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, who posited that football is a secular game that doesn’t have limits to religion, culture of tribe said that the government of Qatar should consider the impact its decision would have on football fans that were in Qatar for the World Cup.
Kalu reacting on his official facebook handle over the decision of Qatar government to ban alcohol warned that the major sponsor of the world cup may seek legal action against FIFA and Qatar after signing a sponsorship agreement of $75m with FIFA.
“The ban on Alcoholic at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums is unnecessary. Qatar should Consider the impact it has 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 game with a can of Budweiser, Heineken or Guinness at hand.
“Having signed a $75m sponsorship agreement with FIFA, Budweiser will 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 World Cup.
“Qatar should reconsider their decision and fulfill its promises to visiting fans on cultural issues.
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“There is an international standard on Football and having access to alcohol in the stadium is one of them. It’s an entertainment and entertainment is whole, not in part”, wrote Kalu.