The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Qatar later this year, with the tournament to kick off in November
Alcohol is not illegal in the host country but only hotels, restaurants and bars are licensed to sell it and drinking in public is a crime.
Gareth Southgate ‘s squad are due to stay at the five-star Souq Al Wakra beach resort, built in 2015, for November’s World Cup. It’s a dry hotel that only serves non-alcoholic drinks.
But their partners will take advantage of the “party” planned for the tournament, with a music festival. It is understood they were offered a series of apartment and hotel options but opted for life on the ocean waves instead.
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Drinking rules are expected to be slightly relaxed during the tournament, with organisers working on making booze easier to buy.
Fan zones will serve beer for about £5 and a glass of wine at £6, alongside the array of licensed venues.
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But the modern-day WAGs are unlikely to repeat the mistakes of the past, especially after the amount of revelling that went on at England’s Baden-Baden base for Germany 2006.
Four years later, disciplinarian boss Fabio Capello banned partners from going to the World Cup in South Africa. And Gary Neville, who won 85 international caps, has said England learned from Baden-Baden under Sven-Goran Eriksson.
“That wasn’t ideal for anybody,” Neville said. “It was symptomatic of the times. It is a different world now and those mistakes won’t happen again.”
Coleen Rooney however recently dismissed any idea the partners created a distraction.
She told the documentary on her husband Wayne Rooney : “There were nights when we did go out and we had a good time. No one did anything wrong.”
“The players weren’t out with us. We never dragged them out of the hotel to come out with us,” she added.
Gareth Southgate has a more relaxed attitude towards the players seeing their loved ones and encouraged it during days off at Russia 2018.
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