Two England supporters had the night of their lives in Qatar after ending up partying with lions, exotic birds and a sheikh’s son as they hunted for late night beers.
Alex Sullivan and a friend known as ‘John’ made the best of a bad situation on Saturday night when two Qatari strangers invited them back for a ‘rascal’ back home.
After running into the two men – who they said were called Nawaf and Abdul-Aziz – they were taken back to a Qatari mansion where they spent a wild night.
In one video, Alex can be seen sitting outside under floodlights next to what appears to be a set of football nets with a group of men dressed in traditional Qatari thobes.
Everton fan Alex told TalkSport: “We were looking for beers and they said ‘We’ll sort the beers’ so we jumped in the back of his Toyota Land Cruiser and found ourselves in a great palace.”
“We were in the back and he showed us monkeys, his exotic birds, it was crazy.”
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John added: ‘Last night we met one of the sheikh’s sons and he took us back to the palace and he showed us he had lions and everything.
“They made us so welcome and look around, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
People were quick to doubt the duo’s big story – but Alex produced evidence in the form of videos from his Snapchat account.
In them, he can be seen recounting the night as it happens – including the time he showed up at the “palace” and the time he encountered a lion cub.
He says: “We’re on a beer mission, trying to get goof beers back and I only managed to get us back to f***in…a villain with Nawaf and Abdul-Aziz.
“We just flipped.”
Alex then sits down in a chair and begins petting and kissing a mischievous lion cub on a leash. “Fuck crazy,” he exclaims.
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Yet other videos showed him wandering around what appears to be a lavish home, hanging out with locals and speeding down a highway in his car.
It comes after England fans were appalled last week when FIFA announced it would ban beer sales in stadium lobbies during the tournament.
Thousands of fans have already visited Qatar, and today the Three Lions face Qatar in their World Cup opener.
It has already deepened the struggle of fans who have been forced to shell out at least £12 a pint in some venues in Qatar.
The sale of alcohol has been controversial in the land of the tee-total where it is illegal to “drink alcohol or be drunk in public”.
The move, which is believed to have come under pressure from the Qatari royal family, means fans are limited to buying alcohol in hotels, restaurants and specially designated fan zones.
Drinks can only be purchased in the areas at certain times, and people will be limited to four drinks each to prevent them from getting drunk.
Anyone who gets drunk could be escorted to sober up.
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