Booze, kissing ban at CWC

2010-12-06 13:53

Abu Dhabi - Fans at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on December 8-18 will have to abstain from drinking alcohol and kissing in public, in keeping with Muslim sensitivities, a newspaper said on Monday.

"The FIFA World Cup organising committee has issued a long list of prohibitions which will be circulated among fans from outside the country, including the ban on drinking alcohol and kissing on the streets," said Emarat Al-Yom.

The rules, printed on leaflets and to be distributed to fans upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates, also warned that using drugs whether in public or private areas would result in prosecution.

"We are a Muslim country that has its own customs and traditions which should be preserved. Something like this should not anger the supporters," the organising committee's spokesperson, Shaza al-Rumaithy, told the daily.

World football governing body FIFA "supports" such measures by any country hosting an international championship, she said.

Italy's Inter Milan and South Korea's Seongnam are among the clubs taking part this year in the tournament for the winners of the world's continental championships.


  • Adrian - 2010-12-06 14:08

    Fans should boycott. Don't try and instill your customs and traditions on other cultures. Respect the traditions and cultures of others.

      Stryder - 2010-12-06 15:40

      When in Rome Adrian, When in Rome. They have every right to expect people in their country to respect their laws.

      Lucy Caswell - 2010-12-06 16:10

      Absolutely agree with Stryder. Muslim women are banned from wearing their Burka (incase you don't know what that is Adrian, it's a full face veil worn by devout Muslim women) in France in public and many other countries in Europe want to introduce this. If we (non-muslims) want to go to THEIR countries, then we should respect their laws. Anyway, anything is better when there aren't drunken idiots all over the place!

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 17:19

      Stryder, Lucy... that is only very recently and also based on two factors you conveniently ignore. (1) massive immigration to the extent they completely take over neighbourhoods in Europe and that local women are cursed on the street for not veiling themselves in their own country! (2) an association of veils and other dress codes with conversation religious behaviour that fosters terrorism. As for the rest, they are afforded much respect for their religious views. Companies, governments etc go out of their way to provide appropriate foods etc at functions. Up to very recently this has all been very one-way traffic. I for one would like to see more curtailing of their "rights" until Westerners are granted some leniency as well.

      Jay - 2010-12-07 11:40

      I dont agree in this case, if its ok for them to say they are a muslim country and therefore Muslim laws should take precidence, then why cant we say this is a christian country and we dont want a muslim call to prayer waking us up at stupid oclock in the morning.

  • FuzzyStorm - 2010-12-06 14:13

    I reckon this tournament is doomed to fail. /while i repect your muslim culture i dont adhere to it. If i want a drink while on holiday then i will have one. If some religious grouping forbibds alcohol then they should not have bid.

      AJ - 2010-12-07 09:03

      If it was a drinking competition then I would wholeheartedly agree with you, but is it not.

      ProudExpat - 2010-12-07 14:00

      This is getting silly. If i want recreational drugs while on vacation, i go to Amsterdam. I DON'T go to countries where it is illegal. Seriously guys, the arguments against are getting ridiculous.

  • Mike - 2010-12-06 14:36

    bloody stupid. This actually goes to show that FIFA officials must be getting paid a lot of money under the counter. how can you take this level of football to places, where fans cannot drink or kiss. Next thing you know, fans will not be allowed to cheer or boo. FIFA are really becoming a stupid organization. Hey, maybe they were taught how to run a governing body by the SA governement while they were here in SA...

  • Gerald - 2010-12-06 14:38

    agreed why host a international and shroud it with internal religeous bullshit, stick to you customs if you wish and let others stick to theirs

  • spiderkzn - 2010-12-06 14:42

    Interesting, does it apply FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar as well?

      Ockert - 2010-12-06 15:21

      Of course it will, but then they paid Septic for it.

  • andre.vermeulen1961 - 2010-12-06 14:51

    Does the kissing ban include the players while they are on the field?

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 17:24

      lololol, gotta love soccer, right?

      Jaco - 2010-12-07 09:21

      I suspect that ban is in fact directed at the players!

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-08 12:42

      Hope they ban the hugging too

  • Wazza - 2010-12-06 14:57

    Who wants to drink if its only Budweisser?

  • DK - 2010-12-06 14:58

    No problem, I won't drink or kiss in public when in your country. However, when you come to my country, a Christian country, do not protest about not being allowed to wear the burka, do not make demands that we as Christians need to be sensitive to the Muslim faith. What is good for the goose must be good for the gander.

      Gotsho - 2010-12-06 15:41

      DK why make it a race issue now?

      savage182 - 2010-12-06 15:59

      Its the same all over the world.we must adhere to their rules yet they dont have to adhere to ours...

      WhyLikeThis - 2010-12-06 16:06

      @Gotsho. What bus are you taking boet? There's nothing about race in the comment, or do see the race card in everything you read? Or is it the goose, gander thing?

      nrikhotso - 2010-12-06 16:09

      Right on DK, if we cant kiss while were there they cant were burkas when they are here

      MaLemmer - 2010-12-06 17:25

      Gotsho, because it always is (if you want it to be!)

      RobinB - 2010-12-07 08:01

      DK.. YOU are a Moron!!! oh wait, does that make me a racist because I said that to you..??? please leave the dark ages

      Garth - 2010-12-07 11:22

      @RobinB: Actually you are the moron. In his comment there is no mention whatsoever of RACE. And DK, look again mate - not so much of a Christian country left, eh?

      KickAssKenny - 2010-12-07 16:37

      Being a Muslim country means that the laws are based on the Koran. Here we do not have laws based on the Bible, hence we cannot say that we are a Christian country. While some of the 10 commandments may be law such as kill, steal, etc. It is not illegal to commit adultery. In a Muslim country it could lead to the death penalty. At the end of the day, respect others beliefs, customs, traditions and laws even if you don't agree with it. Fans are being told up front what to expect when they attend. They can decide for themselves whether they accept it or not. FIFA are the custodians of the game and if they feel that there is a clear separation between alcohol and football, then so be it. I will not stop watching football because I am not allowed to drink. And I don't need alcohol to have a good time.

  • To The Point - 2010-12-06 15:28

    No kissing or hugging in public? Then all soccer players will be arrested during or after each WC match - so no semi-finals nor finals as half the teams will be awaiting execution for hugging and kissing in public. Bye bye mates bye bye WC

  • di - 2010-12-06 15:36

    This tournament sounds like it's going to be a laugh a minute. The condom sales are going to plummet! ha ha!

      Pieter - 2010-12-07 00:18

      muslims are so conservative in public but they breed like rabbits.. so the must be some serious stuff going on behind closed doors..

  • Vuyo.Dreamer - 2010-12-06 15:43

    Tsek, i'll watch it in my living room while downing as many beers as i want,these bloody ninja look a likes can host it and watch it themselves

  • smudge1066 - 2010-12-06 15:53

    Idiots !

  • Skubbe - 2010-12-06 15:57


  • BM - 2010-12-06 16:50

    The comments posted here are a disgrace to this country and everything it should stand for. Such small minded people. SA is only a christian country by virtue of the colonial and apartheid legacy, majority of the black people in this country have their own religious beliefs strongly linked to their traditions and cultures. Lets be realistic mahority of this country is black and far outnumber Muslims, Jews and Christians...

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 17:28

      Most blacks are Christians, but I will grant you they are classified as "other Christians". But that is the same as being NG, Anglican, Catholic etc. They are all Christians just different flavours.

      Lostsunset - 2010-12-07 09:58

      I don't understand that all over the world we have to embrace the Muslim culture and except their laws. But they will kill anyone who tries to convert to another religion in their country and we all just have to except it. And best of all we have to feel sorry for them..

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 17:16

    Oh I decided several years ago I would never visit a Muslim country. They go everywhere and demand their views to be respected, yet their own spawn-holes perpetuate these medieval laws and even force them onto tourists. They can do without my currency.

      schjus008 - 2010-12-07 13:23

      totally agree

  • angolano - 2010-12-06 17:23

    Yes , at last somebody has the guts to stand up against alcohol . Unfortunatly no other country will follow their example . It's time to band alcohol completly . The only difference between alcohol and all the other drugs like cocaine and heroine is that alcohol is a legal drug . Anyboby that needs alcohol to celebrate or enjoy events or situations are addicted to alcohol . In other words : drug addicts . Keep it up Abu Dahbi . The CWC will be a huge success .

      RobinB - 2010-12-07 08:00

      Go back to the stone age.. TWAT.. Oh wait sorry you already there!!!!

      sakkie - 2010-12-07 08:24

      @RobinB...Mate I need to buy you a beer..LOL !!

      Hill - 2010-12-07 13:52

      Give that Chick a Bell's....

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:39

      Yes, because prohibition worked so well.

  • MaLemmer - 2010-12-06 17:24

    I presume sex is out of the question?

      Mundu - 2010-12-06 22:09

      No they didn't say anything about that, so bonk away. In fact I know they like that in public, especially with camels.

      Big Al - 2010-12-07 09:08

      Just don't get caught KISSING the camel!!

  • Barry - 2010-12-06 19:37

    Arrogance comes from ignorance. Ignorance in turn is often the result of underlying fears of the unknown. Ironic how "people" display their ignorance in public. Most of the muslims i know are extremely tolerant of other beliefs and cultures, including mine. Unlike many of the "smart" individuals who post their "wise" comments on this site. To demonstrate how ignorant they are - consumption of alcohol is allowed in designated places such as certain hotels and private residences. You can buy alcohol legally - provided you do have a brain! The same conditions will more than likely apply during the event.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:41

      Barry, the ones you know are the ones that live in the West and interact with Western society on a regular basis and therefore MUST be of the type that are more tolerant. No one said all Muslim individuals are the same, I mean you have Westerners of varied opinion, but each and every one of the countries have ridiculous religion based laws. However, those same Muslims you say are so tolerant would support those same religious laws in Western countries if they were the majority. They just won't tell you that because it would be impolite.

  • Chibuli - 2010-12-06 20:43

    Australia is a Christian country that has its own customs and traditions which should be preserved. Something like not wearing Burkhas should not anger visitors to this country..

      schjus008 - 2010-12-07 13:21

      Australia may be more Christian, yet many govt policies are made with no religion in mind anymore rather what is good for the state.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:44

      Hiding your face has always been frowned upon in Western society. It is considered impolite. The face veiling has become a symbol of militant Islam, whether they intend it to be or not. Same as wearing a Nazi uniform in public is not allowed in some countries. It doesn't matter what the individual-wearer believes but the public perception.

  • angolano - 2010-12-07 08:34

    This is for Robin B . I know it is not easy to admit when somebody is an alcoholic . But for someone like you , your reaction is more then enough to show us exactly who you are . I am not angry at you , I feel very sorry for you . I rather be a TWAT as you call it then drug addict . Keep enjoying your drugs Boet !!! .

      scipio - 2010-12-07 08:49

      Seriously? Alcohol isn't a drug. People can get addicted to it, but if you have a couple of drinks it really does make for good socializing... SOmething you really need i believe (socializing?).

      angolano - 2010-12-07 09:43

      Yes, Scipio . The problem is that 90% of the people that enjoy a couple of drinks do not know when to stop . They drink with the objective to get drunk . Anything that makes you escape from reality is called a drug . But I must admit there are a small percentage of people that do know how to celebrate certain ocasions with a few drinks , without making fools of themselfs .

  • AJ - 2010-12-07 09:02

    When in Rome......if you dont like it, dont attend.

  • Makwassie - 2010-12-07 10:20

    Great, so it will only be Muslim spectators arriving in their 100,000's as usual for a soccer game...

  • Clayton - 2010-12-07 11:22

    Thats a big worry considering the 2022 world cup will be held in Qatar, who have the same laws.... could put a big dampener on festivities.

  • Julz - 2010-12-07 12:42

    Thats why International tournaments shouldn't be awarded to these bullshit booze and kissing.Must you piss in your pants at the public toilets too?or are you allowed to let it all hang out??? RIDICULOUS!!!!

  • ProudExpat - 2010-12-07 13:58

    We are not "instilling" our customs on anyone. If you don't like it, don't go. Simples! Staal/Jay, South Africa is NOT a Christian country. It is a multi religious country. The Africans were practising their own religion long before Christianity was introduced... This is the problem with SA today, no tolerance. I am muslim and i respect everyone elses religion. I live in Aus and live by their rules/customs and we get along just fine. Why can't others do the same?

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:48

      I am not so much talking about South Africa, as Western countries such as the US, Australia or European ones. Muslims are a very small minority in SA and have to a large extent attached their bandwagon to the ANC regardless. Maybe in a generation or two we will see more oomph for their particular agenda. Their clamouring for Sharia Law in England and cultural sensitivity all over Europe is where the real hypocrisy lies and what I am referring to. I am perfectly happy with the statement; "if you don't like it don't go". As long as it applies both ways and they then don't go to Europe if they don't like it.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:51

      To add to that, I am sure you "tolerate" non-Muslim society while you are the minority and need to make do. They are so very accommodating after all. Yet, as the Muslim neighbourhoods grow in England you have more and more problems with exactly this sort of thing. That native English are feeling unwelcome because they don't abide by Muslim values, in England! Unacceptable. Like I said, if everybody kept their values to themselves it wouldn't be a problem. But as with the race issues in SA I reject the hypocrisy and double-standards my liberal, white cousins want to force-feed me.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:53

      It is a Christian country. 75%+ is Christian of various denominations. Hindus and Muslims account for maybe 3%.

  • justus1 - 2010-12-07 15:43

    I find it deeply disturbing that a minor issue like a ban on public drinking and kissing is turned into ravaging religious attacks against cultures and religions. Soccer has joined tourism as an important global entertainment commodity. Unlike some 50 years ago when only a limited number of countries participated in World Cups, soccer, more than any other sport, has has managed to attract a following in every country on this earth. That does not mean that countries should have to compromise on their own cultures and customs-especially not those that go to the basis of religious beliefs (why should the Hindus in India, who revere cows, for instance, have to be forced to tolerate bullfights?). As members of the global community we should become tolerant of and embrace other people's culture's and religions instead of pompously believing that our's are comprise the absolute and only TRUTH. Maybe , by opening us up to other cultures we can in fact enhance our own belief systems and cultures? In South Africa we are no longer a Christian state, but rather one which tolerates all types of religious beliefs. Let's stop hammering certain religions thereby showing our own ignorance and insecurities.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 16:11

      You are right. Tourists and immigrants should respect the host nation's laws. Now please phone all those Muslim preachers and community in the UK to join in on this new agreement. Oh wait... it only goes for Western tourists elsewhere.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 16:13

      If these Muslim countries were tolerant they would let us have a beer and snog our women as we please because "we all tolerate each other" instead of having draconian laws.

      angolano - 2010-12-07 16:58

      StaalBurgher let us just respect the country' laws and religion . If you don't like it you don't go there , as simple as that . Stay at your home and folow the event on TV . You will be able to enjoy your boozing as much as you can . If your wife will allow it . It must be said .

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 19:52

      I am perfectly happy with that, but Muslim immigrants to Europe should do the same and then I don't want to hear about any multicultural sensitivity at all! They can fit in or leave as well.

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