MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, March 25th 2023 - 16:19 UTC



Rousseff signs bill allowing beer sales in stadiums during 2014 World Cup

Wednesday, June 6th 2012 - 23:40 UTC
Full article 4 comments
The temporary amendment will also apply to the Confederation Cup The temporary amendment will also apply to the Confederation Cup

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff announced Wednesday the government will temporarily shelve a law banning the consumption and sale of beer in stadiums for the duration of the 2014 World Cup.

World football's ruling body FIFA had requested a change in the law following an agreement it signed with a major brewery.

The temporary amendment will also be applied to the Confederations Cup, to be held in 2013. It was finally published Wednesday following a long battle with members of parliament and of the Senate, who had approved the text on May 9.

The amendment includes a stipulation that will also be welcomed by students, the elderly and those less well-off.

After FIFA spent many months lobbying Brazil to soften its stance on beer in stadiums, Brazil secured from FIFA guarantees that it could sell a minimum number of match tickets at half-price to students, people aged over 60 and those who normally receive government hand-outs.

FIFA is set to put 300.000 tickets aside for Brazil to sell them on at half their face value.

Despite the amendment, opposition members of parliament insist FIFA must still negotiate with the various leaders of the federal states in Brazil. Brazil has traditionally had some of the worst statistics for football-related violence, some of it fatal, hence the introduction of laws banning alcohol in stadiums.

Brazil meanwhile has pledged to invest 13 billion dollars in stadium infrastructure and transport and expects work to be completed in 2014. According to official statistics, however, 40% of those projects have yet to get off the ground.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Idlehands

    It's a shame that even huge nations can't stand up to the might of FIFA

    Jun 07th, 2012 - 04:47 am 0
  • Condorito

    I quite agree. I hate fifa and everything about it.
    It is a constant disappointment to me that no one stands up to them. England and Scotland are the only countries who have had the integrity to point out the corruption in the ranks of fifa, but they are alone, everyone else prefers to kowtow to emperor Splatter. I would love to see countries breaking away from it. I would prefer to be left out in the cold than have anything to do with them. The world cup has become a pitiful spectacle: teams of cheating, feigning, diving, millionaire cry-baby prim donnas who are unfortunately idolized by so many children.

    A couple of years ago we had the woman’s fifa world cup here in Coquimbo. What a refreshing view of football. Ok, so there was less speed and power, but there was a lot of skill, sportsmanship (or should that be sportswomanship) and good grace.

    Jun 07th, 2012 - 01:55 pm 0
  • Max

    Is this law valid for foreign fanatics especially English ones ?

    I say English/England becouse they have no named national team as UK/Britannia.

    Jun 07th, 2012 - 06:44 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!