Brazil bill on World Cup will allow sale of alcohol

2011-12-14 11:04

Brasilia – Drafters of a bill on the 2014 World Cup have agreed to lift a ban on the sales of alcoholic drinks in sport arenas as demanded by world soccer’s governing body Fifa, a Brazilian legislator said yesterday.

Vicente Candido said the new draft of the “2014 World Cup Law”, expected to be endorsed by a special congressional panel this week, allows the sale of alcoholic beverages in paper cups, but only during sporting events.

But he said the draft excludes seniors from the so-called Group 4 of people qualifying from discounted ticket prices such as students, the handicapped, indigenous people and beneficiaries of government social programmes.

Candido said seniors would also be able to pay half-price, but would do so under the country’s Elderly Statute, “a sovereign law that will apply during the Cup”.

The Elderly Statute is a federal law passed in 2003 that significantly increased protection of the rights of seniors over 65 years old, giving them the right to free public transportation as well as discounts on cultural, sports and leisure activities.

Press reports said at least 300 000 of the 1 million entrance tickets reserved for Brazilians during the World Cup will go to Group 4 members and would be sold for $27 (R223).

Fifa, keen to prevent sales of tickets on the black market, has agreed to lower prices of admission tickets for students and seniors, in line with the World Cup law.

Discount tickets represent 10% of total tickets for the World Cup in a country where the minimum monthly wage is $314.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said he expected the bill to be approved by the Chamber of Deputies before the end of the month and by the Senate next year.

The bill gives Fifa exclusive rights to pictures, sound and other forms of expression linked to the World Cup, and slaps penal and financial sanctions for any illegal reproduction.

Last month Fifa warned Brazil anew about over delays in the progress of construction projects expected to be ready for the football extravaganza. 

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