Two England fans visiting Qatar for the 2022 World Cup have gone viral after revealing that they ended up in a Sheikh’s palace while on a quest to find beer.
The pair, who could be seen wearing shirts bearing the badges of both Everton and the national team, shared their unlikely adventures at the tournament this weekend in a brand new viral clip.
Praising the “set up” at the fan park in Qatar while speaking to TalkSport, one of the two supporters named John revealed a chance meeting with royalty the night before while searching for something to drink.
Describing how they were purportedly taken to see the sheikh’s son’s exotic animal collection, said: “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.
The younger of the two men then gave his recollection of the evening, saying: “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 unverified claims appeared to be supported by a video posted later on Twitter, which showed one of the men smiling while playing with a young lion wearing a collar.
Two Everton fans in Qatar went looking for beers and ended up in a Sheikhs palace chilling with a lion. 🤣🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/R17nDd3f0A
— World Cup Updates (@wc22updates) November 21, 2022
Earlier, on 18 November, the Qatar administration banned the sale of beer. The decision was taken months of tension between Qatar admin and FIFA. Initially, FIFA sponsor Budweiser was the only beer permitted to be sold at the Qatar World Cup official venues.