This is a Tuesday, July 5, 2016 file photo of FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura as she speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura said Thursday that football's ruling body "respects" Qatari culture over the sensitive issue of selling alcohol in stadiums at the 2022 World Cup.However, Samoura, speaking in Doha, said FIFA has not yet discussed with World Cup officials in the Gulf about what would be sold in stadiums during the tournament and was a long way off making a final decision.Her comments were the first by FIFA following remarks this week by Qatar's most senior World Cup official, Hassan Al-Thawadi, who said in an interview that 2022 organizers were against alcohol being made available in stadiums.The issue of alcohol threatens to be the latest controversial issue surrounding the Qatar tournament.
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