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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Brazilian Deputies Vote for Amendments to Soccer World Cup

Brasilia, February 29.- Members of a special committee of the House of Deputies on Wednesday voted for ten proposed amendments to the World Cup Law, which sets the regulations to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The new version, drafted by Rep. Vicente Candido, was approved on Tuesday by a symbolic vote; which means, by consensus among different party members of that legislative body.

However, the document was subject to ten amendments, which will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday morning.

The draft bill authorizes sales of alcoholic beverages at stadiums, one of the most controversial issues being criticized by lawmaker Carmen Zanotto, who submitted one of the ten changes proposed to the text.

Moreover, this issue is one of the main causes for the draft bill not to be approved yet in the Brazilian Congress, in spite of pressures from the government and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Another controversial issue is linked to tickets that the FIFA should distribute for free or selling them at reduced prices, as it is usual in matches of national or international tournaments held in this country.

After the adoption or rejection of the changes proposed on Wednesday, the draft bill will be analyzed and voted by the plenary of the House of Deputies, and once approved, it will be passed to the Senate. (Prensa Latina)

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