Thursday, March 29, 2012

World Cup 2014: Brazil's lower house finally passes key bill

The lower house of Brazil's Congress on Wednesday finally passed a bill giving FIFA the guarantees needed to organize the 2014 World Cup. The Congress approved the bill after several delays which had raised concerns about whether Brazil could fulfill the commitments it made to FIFA when it accepted hosting rights for the tournament. The bill will now go to the upper house, the Senate, before reaching President Dilma Rousseff for her signature. Among the controversial issues was the sale of alcohol inside stadiums, currently against the law in Brazil but demanded by FIFA. The approved legislation doesn't specifically authorize alcohol sales, but the government says other articles in the legislation mean it can meet FIFA's requirement. Opposition lawmakers tried to veto the sale of alcohol at venues but were defeated. 

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