Demands by the Qatar royals to ban the sale of alcohol at World Cup stadiums come as little surprise to those who have watched the build-up to the event from close quarters.
The rank rudeness and discourtesy of four Qatari World Cup chiefs, as they stonewalled at a press conference two months ago, revealed that these were men not to be trusted.
Having shown up an hour late without any explanation, they proceeded to bluster and dissemble when asked perfectly legitimate questions about alcohol, accommodation and policing at the tournament.
The grandly titled Colonel Jassim Abdulrahim al-Sayed of the World Cup’s Safety and Security Operations Committee was asked by this newspaper what the consequences might be for football supporters acting anti-socially after drinking alcohol.
He did not answer. When pressed, he claimed not to have heard the question. Eventually, he said the information had already been released.
‘We are unable to give specific information,’ declared the Colonel. ‘You…