9 Nov 2011

FIFA warns Brazil to pass new laws if they're to keep World Cup

5:51 pm on 9 November 2011

Brazil must hurry up and pass a package of new laws if the 2014 World Cup is to go ahead there says FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Valcke, says Brazil had first been asked to pass the legislation in 2007 when it was awarded the right to host the tournament.

Brazil's Congress must agree to implement a number of special rules in the so-called World Cup law, covering matters ranging from the price of tickets to penalties for selling pirate merchandise and the sale of alcohol in stadiums.

Valcke said Brazil was aware of FIFA's conditions when it signed up to host the tournament and says similar requirements were made of recent hosts including Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010.

Some Congressmen have already dug in their heels, threatening to delay the bill's approval and adding to concerns over Brazil's lagging preparations for the event.

The former Brazil striker Romario, who's now in Congress, is one of the most outspoken critics, saying the law would trample on the country's sovereignty.