England fans make 4,300 mile trip from Lancashire and ‘can’t find place to drink’

“It’s not just us, it’s every fan you talk to from all over – everybody wants a drink.”

England fans from Lancashire have arrived into Qatar for the country’s first match in the World Cup – but have been left struggling to find somewhere to drink.

It comes after football’s governing body confirmed FIFA on Friday it had pulled plans to sell Budweiser – the tournament’s official beer – within the stadium perimeters. Thousands of fans will watch on in Doha as both Gareth Southgate’s men begin their bids for World Cup glory with millions more expected to tune in back home.

The Three Lions will open their group B campaign against Iran this afternoon with almost 2,400 Three Lions fans applying for tickets via the England Supporters’ Travel Club. Their ranks are expected to be swelled by fans in the region, with shuttle flights from Dubai and taxi trips from Saudi Arabia among the options for those heading to the tournament.

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Alan Slater, 67, from Preston, speaking in central Doha, told the PA news agency: “It’s what I expected it to be really – you knew before you came it was going to be dear. I’m a bit disappointed the fan zones aren’t open all day.”

He added on England’s chances: “I think they’ll get to the quarter-finals and that’s it. I can’t see them getting past France if we play them.”

Maxi Sterritt, 63, also from Preston, said: “So far so good, they’re very helpful, the only thing is finding somewhere for a drink, we’re struggling for that.”

Mr Slater said their original plan had been to go to the fan zone at the ground before and after the game, adding: “It’s not just us, it’s every fan you talk to from all over – everybody wants a drink.”

England will not wear an anti-discrimination armband in their World Cup match on Monday after FIFA threatened them with sporting sanctions. A joint statement from seven European nations who had signed up to the One Love campaign – which included England and Wales – confirmed the armbands will no longer be worn.

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the statement began.

“As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play. As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.”

  • 10:57, 21 NOV 2022

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