Lifting of federal ban on sale of alcoholic drinks in stadiums among approved set of rules drawn up by Brazilian Senate for country to host 2014 soccer World Cup; legislation now needs to be signed by president

LOS ANGELES , May 10, 2012 () – The lifting of a federal ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks in stadiums was among the approved set of rules that the Brazilian Senate came up with for the country to host the 2014 soccer World Cup, Bloomberg reported May 10.

The legislation now needs to be signed by the nation’s president, Dila Rousseff.

Brazil currently bans consumption of alcoholic beverages at sporting events held in stadiums because of concerns that it fuels violence. Also, five of the 12 Brazilian states that will host World Cup games still have local laws that prohibit sales of alcohol in stadiums and may have to suspend them.

The relationship between the federal government and FIFA, which is world soccer’s governing body, has been strained since the country delayed approving the bill. The government committed to enacting the legislation when the country was awarded the event almost five years ago.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on May 10, 2012.

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