Fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will no longer be able to purchase alcohol within stadium perimeters following a last-minute U-turn from FIFA, who had previously announced Budweiser as the official beer sponsor.
However, fans can still partake in alcoholic beverages in the FIFA Fan Festival or at stadium hospitality areas.
The ban has raised questions over who is really in charge and leaked reports suggest that Qatar's royal family may have influenced the decision.
Chris, a 34-year-old British football supporter, expressed his disappointment but was understanding of the decision.
FIFA has made a last-minute announcement that they will no longer be selling alcohol at stadiums during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite Budweiser being named the official beer sponsor.
Fans will still be able to consume alcohol at the FIFA Fan Festival or within the stadium hospitality areas.
This has raised concerns over who is really in charge, with reports suggesting that the Qatari royal family may have influenced this decision.
The ban on alcohol sales has disappointed fans who have travelled from around the world to see the most prestigious football event, with some even admitting they may not have come if they had known about the ban.
Additionally, there has been a discrepancy in the portrayal of the situation, with Reuters describing the festival as "rare" while The Independent focuses on whether other changes can occur due to the royal family's influence on the U-turn.
Meanwhile, AP News describes a British fan's disappointment and feelings of missing out.
In contrast, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is insistent he is "200 per cent in control" of the tournament and that the decision was not influenced by Qatar's royal family.
Despite different interpretations, all sources agree that the ban on alcohol sales is a significant change to the initial plan for hosting the World Cup in Qatar.