Blog: Chris MercerThey shall drink beer, says FIFA

Chris Mercer | 19 January 2012

Just imagine a football World Cup without beer? Go on, imagine it. You can't, can you? Well, neither can FIFA.

The world football body has told its next World Cup host, Brazil, to forget about continuing to ban alcoholic drinks at the nation's stadiums. It's an issue causing some political problems in Brazil, which, like other host nations before it, will have to subjugate its laws and customs to those of the Democratic People's Republic of FIFA for the duration of the four-week tournament in 2014.   

Brazil banned alcohol from stadiums in 2003, but FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke is standing tall. He told a press conference today (19 January): "Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we're going to have them. The fact that we have the right to sell beer has to be a part of the Law."

Are you getting that, Brazil? It's a FACT that Fifa has the right to sell beer. 

Of course, Brazil's biggest brewer, AmBev, is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which counts Budweiser as the official beer of the FIFA World Cup. 

Honestly, though, I think Valcke's got a point. Has anyone tried watching England without beer? It's horrific...


BLOG

Putin's Coca-Cola dig misses the mark

The Coca-Cola Co has had its fair share of critics this year, from health campaigners to investor David Winters, who this week called for CEO Muhtar Kent to be replaced....

BLOG

Season of goodwill? Not if you're the UK health lobby

The UK health lobby is always very vocal on alcohol at this time of year, predictably so, and this year is no different. ...

BLOG

Carlsberg builds new life from Copenhagen brewery

“Ah, yes, you've hit upon a very sensitive area,” says Thomas, my guide at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen last Friday....

BLOG

Scotch whisky firms learn the value of leftovers

Experimentation has long been a watchword in the Scotch whisky industry. It is what has given consumers the huge range of ageing options, from refill hogsheads to virgin oak to Sherry butts....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?