Wed. Dec 7th, 2022

Key events

Prohibited sale of alcohol in stadiums

As expected, Fifa confirmed the news that fans will no longer be able to buy alcoholic beverages inside the stadium, as previously promised.

Here is FIFA’s statement.

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I’m sure you’ve been waiting to find out how the Guardian will cover the World Cup. Here’s everything you need to know:

I’m especially excited about Karen Carney’s weekly column.

Manchester United took ‘appropriate steps’ over interview with Ronaldo

Manchester United ‘took appropriate steps’ after Cristiano Ronaldo’s dark interview with Piers Morgan aired. The striker made numerous critical comments about the club’s coaches (past and present), owners and the general setup.

A club statement read: “Manchester United has this morning initiated the appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview. We will not comment further until this process is complete.”

James Maddison was once again the only player to train outside the main group as England continued to prepare for the start of the World Cup.

The Three Lions begin Group B against Iran on Monday, before facing the United States and neighbors Wales.

Maddison hopes to be fit for the start of the tournament after a positive scan on the knee problem that saw him substituted in the first half of Leicester’s win against West Ham last weekend.

The midfielder went out for a pre-training huddle on Friday but worked away from the main group for the second consecutive day due to what the Football Association called workload management. So the media

How will your team do at the World Cup? Here’s your chance to send in your thoughts…

Budweiser doesn’t seem particularly pleased with the latest beer-related events…

Obviously, the main problem is not that the sale of alcohol near the stadium will be banned, but that the Qataris made a last-minute twist on something that had been agreed upon. How can people trust anything they’ve said about accepting the LGBTQ+ community when they’re second-guessing other things?

Phil Foden aims to prove what he can do on the world stage. Will Gareth Southgate’s tactics help or hinder the Manchester City striker?

French midfielder Adrien Rabiot wants Les Bleus to stick together to redeem themselves after their Euro 2020 setback when they lost to Switzerland in the round of 16.

“The most important thing is that we must remain united. So we don’t look outside the group for things that can harm our morale. We have the potential to be better than we were at the Euros,” Rabiot said ahead of their World Cup opener against Australia. “It is true that we have a lot of luxury this time. We live in this little bubble. It was the middle of COVID in the Euro with a lot of restrictions and that made everyday life difficult.”

Qatar accused of ‘deafening silence’ over plans for center for migrant workers

The union leading efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers in Qatar has warned that a positive legacy from the World Cup is unlikely after government officials met with “deafening silence” over proposals for a migrant worker center and wider reform. Paul MacInnes has the exclusive.

Paul MacInnes reflected on the fan experience in Qatar. I wouldn’t like it alone, but to each his own.

Take your mind off this beer news by reading Sid Lowe’s big old story with Athletic Bilbao and Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.

According to reports, beer will no longer be sold inside Qatar Stadium in 2022. The announcement is imminent and will come two days before the first game and will further increase the controversy surrounding the hosting of this tournament.

The decision will cause trouble between Fifa and sponsor Budweiser, who we all have to assume will be furious at this last-minute change of plans.

Beer will be even harder to come by in Qatar.
Beer will be even harder to come by in Qatar. Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

There is an Englishman at the World Cup who is not part of the Three Lions lineup. The head coach of Canada is John Herdman, who led both the men’s and women’s national teams of that country.

Some kind person has written ‘Everything you need to know’ about Qatar. Fair play to them.

Sadio Mane is out of the tournament after having to undergo surgery on an injury sustained while playing for Bayern Munich. It’s very bad news for Senegal and the tournament as a whole, according to former Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk.

“I am very sorry that Sadio misses the game against us because this World Cup simply deserves the best players, Sadio is one of them,” Van Dijk said. “Sadio is world class, he is my friend and I will miss him.”

Van Dijk agrees with his head coach Louis van Gaal that the Netherlands should compete for the trophy in Qatar.

“For me, Argentina, Brazil and France are my favorite countries,” he told reporters.
“Brazilians are always there. The Argentines are strong, and the French have a great selection. We have a good group, we have a very experienced coach, but above all we have team spirit.”

Virgil van Dijk (left) and Sadio Mane (right) played together at Liverpool.
Virgil van Dijk (left) and Sadio Mane (right) played together at Liverpool. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters

A little more about the imminent ban on beer in stadiums. It looks like there will be an announcement about it today. What a farce. Fifa and Budweiser will have heated discussions, one can imagine.

Two handsome young men wrote about the eight potential stars of this tournament. Of course, they will all fail now, but you can read this and then in a few weeks, John and I will think about it.

Vinicius Jr hopes to use football for the greater good. The Real Madrid forward was impressed by his fellow athletes’ approach to philanthropic causes and hopes to use his influence in a similar way.

“I believe I have to do more. I see athletes like Lewis Hamilton and LeBron James doing well and I want to do the same, help people in many ways,” said Vinicius.
“Education is important because not everyone can become a player. Many try, but not all succeed. That’s why I’m doing my best to help people in Brazil continue to improve and develop as a person. If they focus with the right leadership, we can get more people going to university, more doctors, more professors… better professors.”

Should we start the day with some Karen Carney supporting Brazil in business? I think they should.


We are only two days away from the start of the most unexpected World Cup in history. But fear not, we have some football to look forward to… hopefully.

We have already learned that a free press is not frowned upon, and hospitality in Qatar seems expensive and insufficient. Not only are the prices of beer eye-watering, but the Qataris now want to stop its sale in stadiums and move the sales points to less prominent places.

On the other hand, many countries have arrived in the Middle East for final preparations. Wales have already been forced to move training sessions to later in the day due to the heat, which is not a promising sign.

Qatar vs. Ecuador starts on Sunday, and I can wait. Before that there should be some scary stuff, injury news and the prospect of us all finding out it’s too hot to play in Qatar.

We’ll bring you the latest news from our correspondents in Qatar and more.

There should be no shortage of things today, that’s for sure.