Consumer group protests against World Cup bill
Monday, February 27, 2012
SAO PAULO (AP) -- One of Brazil's top consumer rights groups opposes a World Cup bill that FIFA and local organizers say is crucial in preparing for the 2014 tournament.
The Brazilian Institute of Consumer Rights is urging citizens to demand on social media that congressmen vote against the bill. The group contends the bill would give FIFA too much power and few responsibilities.
The proposed law would put in place the final commitments made by Brazil's federal government when it bid to host the World Cup. Those include ticket sales, broadcast rights and trademark infringement.
The bill is expected to be voted on by a congressional commission Tuesday. If approved, it then goes to the lower house and the senate. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff also must sign it.