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FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Romario against WC law

FIFA must not be allowed to ride roughshod over Brazilian law when it stages the 2014 World Cup, former Brazil striker Romario, now a federal Congressman, said on Monday.
Romario told reporters that Brazilian laws which guarantee half-price entry to football matches for the elderly and ban on alcohol in stadiums should not be swept away for FIFA's benefit.
“If FIFA is not put in its rightful place, FIFA will soon have more power than our president and the World Cup will be the way FIFA wants it and not the way we should do it,” Romario told reporters.
“They have to respect the laws for old age pensioners, supporters and students. FIFA has to understand that things have changed.
“According to FIFA's calculations, they would lose 180 million real ($101 million) with the half-price entry.
“We don't have to pay this. FIFA could earn a little bit less so that the Brazilians can take part.”
World Cup host nations must agree a series of conditions imposed by FIFA before staging the event.
These cover, among others, ticket sales and pricing, protection of trademarks and a ban on vendors not licensed by FIFA in and around stadiums.
FIFA argues that profits are reinvested in football.
The Brazilian Congress is currently debating a so-called World Cup law which needs to be passed for FIFA's conditions to come into effect.

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