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England fans at World Cup taken to sheikh’s palace whilst beer hunting

Two England supporters have claimed that their hunt for some beers in Qatar took an unbelievable twist on Saturday night which led them to meeting lions in a sheikh’s palace. They explained that they were only attempting to get their bearings ahead of the World Cup but then met with one of the sheikh’s.

It was announced earlier this week that Qatar had decided to backtrack on its decision to serve alcohol at the World Cup, ruling that none would be sold at stadiums or in areas surrounding. Instead, alcohol can now only be purchased in the Fifa fan festival, other fan festivals and licensed venues, making its acquisition trickier than most supporters anticipated.

Though locals appear to have sympathised with travelling fans, especially a sheikh who approached two England fans and offered to help them conclude their ‘beer hunt’. The two supporters explained to talkSPORT: “We’ve just been having a good time, having a mooch and trying to get our bearings. The set-up’s spot on, we’ve been enjoying ourselves.”

The other continued: “Last night we met one of the Sheikh’s sons and he took us back to the palace. He showed us that he had lions and everything. They’ve (Qatar residents) made us so welcome.

“Basically we were on a bit of a hunt for some beers and he was like ‘yeah, we sort beers, we sort beers’, so we jumped into the back of his Toyota Landcruiser, ended up at a big palace. He showed us his monkeys, his exotic birds. It was nuts.”

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