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England had a game, but first its fans had a quest. For beer

By Sarah Lyall

22 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

“If you can’t drink, what’s the point?” The New York Times reports on how English fans are “staying hydrated” in Qatar despite the ban on alcoholic beer in stadiums.

DOHA, Qatar — Faced with the disturbing prospect of enduring an entire World Cup match with no alcohol after Qatari authorities banned the sale of beer in and around the stadiums, Matthew Wyatt did what any England fan would do in a similar emergency. He deployed his backup plan.

“He was under pressure to find an appropriate establishment,” explained his friend Mel Kenny.

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