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 spokeswoman, 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.
‘FIFA won’t reform’
Reuters: FIFA is not considering reforms of the voting system for choosing World Cup hosts despite the controversy which surrounded the decision on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Monday.
"We just voted last Thursday. We have not sat down to discuss a reform of the voting system. It is not part of our discussions at the moment", Valcke told the media.
On Thursday, the body's executive committee voted to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, prompting complaints that politics had played too large a part in the process.
"Yes, it is a political decision... But overall, I think reactions were positive. The decision was fairly well received by football fans. It shows that football is open to the world", Valcke added.
"Russia is a great footballing country and deserves it. And the Middle East is part of the family of football."
This year, the committee had been cut to 22 members from the usual 24 after two were suspended by the ethics committee following an investigation into corruption allegations made by a British newspaper in November..
"The 22 members were in a room with a lawyer and an official. Each one got up to vote with a ballot paper which had a stamp from the lawyer. It is normal that the vote be secret", he said.