As one of the most successful World Cups concluded, UK former boxer Tony Bellow praised the no-alcohol policy during Qatar 2022, saying it proved successful with no single violence case reported.
“Gotta say this! Qatar have shown what no alcohol at World Cup matches can do! I haven’t heard or seen one single bit of violence and that’s a first in my lifetime!” Bellow, who held the WBC cruiserweight title from 2016 to 2017, wrote on Twitter.
“I wasn’t sure how it was gonna work so kept quiet before but fair play to them they’ve put on an amazing spectacle👏.”
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Gotta say this! Qatar have shown what no alcohol at World Cup matches can do! I haven’t heard or seen one single bit of violence and that’s a first in my lifetime! I wasn’t sure how it was gonna work so kept quiet before but fair play to them they’ve put on an amazing spectacle👏— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) December 18, 2022
The first World Cup in an Arab country concluded on Sunday, December 18, as Lionel Messi raised the cup for Argentina.
According to a BBC report, there were no police incidents or arrests of British nationals in Qatar during England and Wales’ World Cup campaigns.
Chief Constable Mark Roberts of Cheshire Police has said it’s the first time that no fans from the UK were arrested at a World Cup.
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After having English fans arrested at every prior World Cup, the Qatar World Cup is the first World Cup without free-flowing alcohol.
With alcohol banned, many fans felt safe to enjoy the tournament with their families.
The Fact we have our English fans comeback from a World Cup for the First ever time Without a Single Arrest is Huge & proof how it has been tbf. As well as many fans saying how Media is always spouting utter BS, and the Reality is very different over there. I believe them more.— Iqbal Hussain (@1IqbalHussain) December 18, 2022
Exactly the same. I was asked by friends who live there to make my own mind up on the place and I’m glad I did. The most accommodating hosts, the atmosphere in the city was brilliant, but you won’t see the British media saying that as that involves praising Qatar— Jordan Kinsley (@JordanKinsleyx) December 18, 2022
I took my kids (11 / 14) and honestly regretted booking it almost immediately as was so worried with media coverage pre-world cup. Our experience – the FRIENDLIEST, NICEST, most well organised and SAFEST football event we have ever been to. Amazing experience. Well done Qatar.— Matthew Coates (@Morganianz) December 18, 2022
I’d happily return to an England game if no alcohol was being served anywhere. However after my experience at the euro final last year, I won’t be returning to an England anytime soon due to alcohol and drug use by others— Charli Preston (@PrestonCharli) December 18, 2022