The sudden banning of alcohol, in or around the stadiums at the 2022 World Cup, would have come as a serious blow to travelling fans, eager to make the most of an expensive trip to Qatar.
However, the struggle to get beers had a happy ending for a group of scouse fans, who are making headlines after their search for beers led them to a Sheikh palace.
Speaking with TalkSport at a Doha fan zone, one of the lucky fans described their epic journey, and shared details of some of the various exotic animals they met.
“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.”
The same fan also took Snapchat videos of their escapades, showing him and his crew chilling out at the enormous palace, and also playing rather casually - and kissing - with one of the Sheik's lion cubs.
Scousers On The Hunt For Beer At The 2022 World Cup
“We met one of the Sheikh’s sons & he took us back to the palace!” 😮
“We were on the hunt for beers and we ended up at a big palace, we saw his monkeys & exotic birds!” 🐒
These England fans are out in Qatar & you HAVE to listen to their story! 🤣#FIFAWorldCup #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/RlclrsnEsP
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 20, 2022
— Rob Phillips (@RobPhillips26) November 20, 2022
England's World Cup journey kicks off today at 1 p.m. Irish time, where they will be facing Iran in a Group B clash at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Senegal vs Netherlands (Group A) and Wales vs USA (Group B) are the other World Cup matches taking place today, at 16:00 and 19:00 respectively.