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Beer bill for World Cup passes in Brazil
AFP, March 29th, 2012 5PM

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Brazilian lawmakers have approved a bill suspending a ban on beer sales in stadiums for games at the 2014 World Cup.

The bill received near unanimous support in the House of Deputies late Wednesday, paving the way for beer to be sold in plastic cups inside the venues.

Sales of alcoholic beverages in sports arenas have been banned in Brazil since 2003 but the World Cup bill will create an exception that had been demanded by world governing body FIFA.

The bill still has to be endorsed by the Senate before being ratified by President Dilma Rousseff. It will also allow beer to be sold in stadiums during the 2013 Confederations Cup. U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser is a FIFA sponsor and banning beer sales in 12 Brazilian host cities would have hit the football organization's revenues.

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