Fifa on Friday announced that beer will not be sold at any of the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar after discussions with the host nation.

In a statement issued two days before the tournament kicks off, Fifa said that alcoholic beverages will only be sold at the Fifa Fan Festival, fan parks and licensed venues. While not elaborating on the reasons, Fifa said that Bud Zero, a non-alcoholic beer made by its sponsor Anheuser-Busch InBev, will be available everywhere.

The owner of American beer giant Budweiser said Friday that restrictions at World Cup matches were “beyond our control.”

AB InBev acknowledged the action taken merely days before the first match kickoff on Sunday, saying “some of the planned stadium activations cannot move forward due to circumstances beyond our control,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to AFP.

The football governing body also thanked the German alcohol brand for its “understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev has a $75 million sponsorship agreement with Fifa which grants it exclusive right to sell its products at World Cups and could consider this as a major breach of contract. In a now-deleted tweet, Budweiser official account tweeted, “Well, this is awkward…”

Dozens of beer tents had already been set up at stadiums ahead of the first game Sunday between Qatar and Ecuador.

Qatar has predicted that more than one million fans will visit the country for the 29-day tournament.

“The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone duing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” added the statement.

Beer will remain available in VIP suites in stadiums, which are sold by world football’s governing body, at the main FIFA fan zone in Doha, some private fan zones and in about 35 hotel and restaurant bars.

The decision has prompted some reaction on social media as the build-up continues for one of the most controversial World Cup editions in memory:

With AFP inputs