The host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has warned intending participants that it will enforce its ban on public drinking and casual sex during the tournament.
The mundial is usually characterised by parties and other social events. But all that will be assent at this winter’s tournament as sex between unmarried people or outside of marriage is considered a crime in the host Arab nation.
Same sex is also prohibited.
Drinking in public and being drunk in public is a punishable crime in Qatar despite alcohol consumption being legal.
A UK-based police source said that “there will be no partying at all” at this year’s world cup.
“Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team,” UK Sun quoted the source as saying.
“There definitely will be no one-night stands at this tournament.
“There will be no partying at all really.
“Everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk being stuck in prison.
“There is essentially a sex ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared,” the source added.
The implication of the refusal of the Qatari government to relax the country’s strict sharia law means defaulters of the law, including foreigners, face up to seven years in jail.