2014 World Cup Law delay

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FIFA's hopes of agreeing the all–important law governing the 2014 World Cup have suffered another setback after a Brazilian congressional commission delayed a vote on the bill. However, the bill is now set to be raised again before the end of February 2012 according to FIFA general secretary Járá'me Valcke.

The issue of the 2014 World Cup Law has been one of the major sticking points in Brazils preparations for the tournament. The new law would regulate commercial rights, alcohol sales and advertising rules for the tournament and rubber–stamp the final commitments Brazils federal government made to FIFA in its bid to host the World Cup and the 2013 Confederations Cup. There have been wide concerns that world footballs governing body should not be allowed to overstep Brazilian law. The availability of alcohol within the 12 venues is a particular area of dispute, with Valcke insisting this is non–negotiable even though it is at odds with Brazilian legislation, which has banned the sale of alcohol at football grounds since 2003. But writing on FIFA. com, Valcke said the new law would finally give FIFA the guarantees it asks of every World Cup host. " By next Tuesday [28 February], we are hoping that the '2014 Bill' will finally be voted in by the House of Representatives for the Special Commission for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with the text reflecting the agreed discussions with the Government, " he wrote. " Thereafter, it will be presented in the Senate. We are hoping for an expedited process in this matter, in order for all the involved parties to get on with the job after years and months of talking and discussing the same matter. " The finalisation of this will enable all parties, both at FIFA and in Brazil, to finally focus on the many operational and organisational duties that lie ahead. . . starting with the general infrastructure upgrades to the stadiums for the FIFA Confederations Cup. " Brazil 2014s local organising committee board meeting in January saw Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo state his optimism that the law would be signed off in March. He had said: It is such an important party for this country; it is most likely the most important event on the planet. We need to find adequate solutions and there is lots of co–operation and effort to find them from all parties.

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