Brazil's lower house finally passes key WCup bill

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's lower house has finally passed a bill giving FIFA the guarantees needed to organize the 2014 World Cup.

Congressmen approved the bill on Wednesday after several delays which had raised concerns about whether Brazil could fulfill the commitments it made to FIFA when it accepted hosting rights. The bill will now go to the senate.

Among the controversial issues was the sale of alcohol inside stadiums, currently against the law in Brazil but demanded by FIFA because Budweiser is a major World Cup sponsor.

The approved legislation doesn't specifically authorize alcohol sales, but the government says other articles mean it can meet FIFA's requirement.