After the impasse about the sale of alcoholic beverages at stadiums, the Brazilian Government and FIFA now disagree about another point in the General World Cup Law: the civil responsibility for losses caused by natural disasters during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
For the Secretary-General of the International Association Football Federation (FIFA), Jérôme Valcke, this should be the entire responsibility of the Government. “This cannot be the responsibility of FIFA, and we cannot be held responsible for events of this type”, the French executive had said on a visit to Brazil two weeks ago.
However, yesterday (2nd) in Brasília, the Minister for Institutional Relations, Ideli Salvati, vehemently denied that the Brazilian Government shall be taking on the burden for possible natural disasters during the event.
"That? No way! It is not negotiable, unthinkable. This cannot even be discussed”, the minister said emphatically. According to Ms Salvati, this is guidance given personally by the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.
The delay in the voting of the General World Cup law, which had originally been scheduled for the end of 2011, occurred due to this impasse. Now it shall be up to the Brazilian Parliament, in February, and then the Brazilian Senate, in March, to adjust the text of the proposed law so that it can be passed.
The issue of alcoholic beverages, on the other hand, has already reached a consensus. Last week, the rapporteur of the World Cup Law, has ensured that the consumption of alcoholic drinks shall be authorized in football stadiums during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ - a brewery, Budweiser, is one of FIFA’s sponsor brands – but also accepting a request made by the Brazilian Government, that the commercialization and consumption of the drinks shall be restricted to those bars and snack bars inside the stadiums.