Two England fans had the night of their lives in Qatar after feasting with lions, exotic birds and a sheikh’s son as they hunted for late-night beer.
Alex Sullivan and a friend known as “John” made the best of a bad situation on Saturday night when two Qatari strangers invited them for a “naughty” party at their home.
After bumping into the two men – who they said were named Nawaf and Abdul-Aziz – they were taken back to a mansion in Qatar where they had a wild night.
In one video, Alex can be seen 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 hunting for some beer and they said, ‘We’ll sort beer’, so we jumped in the back of his Toyota Land Cruiser and ended up in a big palace.
“We sat 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 you, it doesn’t get any better than this.’
People quickly questioned the duo’s strong story, but Alex provided proof in the form of videos from his Snapchat account.
In it, he can be seen recounting the night as it happens – including the moment he showed up at the “palace” and the moment he met a lion cub.
He says, ‘We’re on a beer mission, trying to get beer back to the gaff and I’ve only managed to get us back to affinity… a mischievous one with Nawaf and Abdul-Aziz.
“We just got startled.”
Alex then sits down on a chair and begins petting and kissing a playful lion cub on a leash. “F***in’ crazy,” he exclaims.
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More videos showed him walking around what appeared to be a palatial home, hanging out with the locals and speeding down a highway in a car.
It comes after England fans were horrified last week when FIFA announced it would ban the sale of beer in stadium concourses during the tournament.
Thousands of fans have already traveled to Qatar and today the Three Lions take on Qatar in their World Cup opener.
It has already exacerbated the struggle for supporters who have been forced to pay at least £12 a pint in some locations in Qatar.
The sale of alcohol is controversial in the tee-total country where it is an offense to “drink alcohol or be drunk in public.”
The move, reportedly made under pressure from the Qatari royal family, means supporters are restricted to buying booze in hotels, restaurants and specially designated fan zones.
Drinks can only be purchased in the zones between certain times and people will be limited to four drinks each to avoid getting drunk.
Anyone who gets drunk can be led away to get sober.
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