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Qatar World Cup warning as fans say they face six months in jail for drinking outside special zones

BRITS are only allowed to drink in special drinking zones at the World Cup – or face up to six months in prison.

Football fans are being told not to take any chances in Qatar and could be swiped just for showing up drunk or having a beer outside designated areas.

Qatar's strict alcohol laws mean football fans need to be extra cautious at this year's World Cup

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Qatar’s strict alcohol laws mean football fans need to be extra cautious at this year’s World CupPhoto credit: Getty

The visiting nations are being told to “respect Islamic traditions” when the tournament kicks off in November – but there are fears World Cup fever could land football fanatics in hot water.

A police source told the Daily Star: “I cannot stress enough how different the two countries are – in every way.

“The cultural beliefs are literally opposite. And there is a very real fear – and belief – that the government will have to resolve cases of the release of Britons.

“Only fans who are interested in watching football’s physical games should go.

“Don’t even think about celebrating big victories. It is too dangerous.”

However, the host country has said it will relax some of its tough liquor laws for November as rules on where alcohol can be bought have been eased.

Normally, alcohol will only be served in licensed restaurants and hotels for people over the age of 21 – but beach clubs and stadium kiosks will also be selling alcohol when the competition begins.

But boozy Brits will also have to make an extra effort to enjoy a pint at the World Cup, as Qatar’s ‘sin tax’ will mean alcohol prices at the tournament will soar.

The ‘sin tax’ is normally set at 100%, but Budweiser, which sponsors the competition, believes pints will cost around £6 in the designated fan zones, while prices elsewhere have skyrocketed.

“Alcohol is not part of our culture – but hospitality is,” said World Cup Managing Director Nasser Al Khater.

But while fans need to be at their best, England’s WAGs have found a loophole.

The other halves of the England team stay offshore on a luxury cruise ship so they can drink alcohol and circumvent Qatar’s strict liquor laws.

Boozy football fans have been warned to

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Boozy football fans have been warned to “take no chances” when partying at the World Cup in NovemberCredit: Ray Collins

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