FIFA urges Brazil to pass World Cup bill
BRASILIA, BRAZIL (BDCi) – Brazil had been demanding too much in negotiating the conditions for hosting the 2014 World Cup but a legal dispute should be settled within days, FIFA said on Monday.
“Maybe because you have already won the World Cup five times you think you can ask and ask and ask,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told reporters after meeting with Brazil’s new Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo.
Valcke said he hoped to resolve final differences over discounted tickets at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
Brazil has resisted changing its laws banning alcohol in stadiums and providing discounted tickets for people over 65 and FIFA has become frustrated because the World Cup bill which sets the rules for the event has been held up for months in Congress.
Soccer’s ruling body says Brazil’s rules would raise the cost of the event and restrict its ability to protect sponsor’ trademarks and brands but Valcke said it was time to end the negotiations.
“The World Cup is not just a law, the World Cup is 12 cities, 12 stadiums, 12 airports. Let’s move on,” he said.
By: Natania Levine
17 January 2012
10:13 a.m P.S.T