England star: You don’t need beer for an atmosphereon November 19, 2022 at 12:30 pm

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England defender Eric Dier says fans should be able to enjoy the World Cup with or without alcohol after Fifa issued a last-minute ban in World Cup stadiums.

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Fifa changed its policy two days before the tournament kicks off in Qatar.

Alcohol was set to be served “in select areas within stadiums”, despite its sale being strictly controlled in the Muslim country.

“I’d like to think you can enjoy yourself with or without alcohol,” Dier said on Saturday.

“It’s up to us as a team and every team in the tournament to bring great football, exciting football and that’s what is going to create a great atmosphere in the stadiums.”

People in corporate areas of stadiums at the tournament will still be able to purchase alcohol.

The World Cup starts on Sunday when hosts Qatar play Ecuador.

In his news conference on Saturday, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “I think if, for three or four hours a day, you cannot drink a beer, you will survive.”

Dier added: “Players and fans feed off each other and we need to be the ones to initiate that with good football.

“The football is the fundamental thing in creating that environment.”

England get their campaign under way against Iran on Monday at 13:00 GMT.

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