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Report: Qatar to treat rowdy World Cup fans ‘very gently’

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Secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi
Secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi

Qatar’s government is planning to set up special courts that will deal “very gently” with drunk and rowdy fans during the World Cup in 2022, the head of the tournament’s organizing committee has said.

Speaking at a sports conference this week, Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, was quoted as saying Qatar has discussed the idea of the courts with FIFA.

According to the Guardian, they would be modeled on a version used in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. The courts fast-tracked usual legal procedures and mostly resulted in fines for those found guilty.

While drinking in licensed bars and clubs in Qatar is legal, there can be numerous ramifications to being caught drunk in public places.

Al Thawadi was quoted as saying:

“In relation to drunk fans it will be as it is anywhere else. Anyone who is rowdy, anyone who breaches the law, will be very gently – depending on how they react – taken care of in a manner to make sure that people are not disrupting the public order.

Everyone will be able to have fun and be exposed to Qatari culture.”

He added:

“We welcome everyone in the world. We’ve hosted many people, from many places and (drinking) was never an issue. This will be a fun World Cup. It will be one of the best cups out there.”

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