Brazil is to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil is to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Football clubs in Rio de Janeiro are keen to extend beer sales inside their stadiums after the country's authorities approved the reversal of the law for the World Cup in two years time.

The Rio football federation head, Rubens Lopes, has called for the lifting of a nine-year-old ban on the sales of alcohol in stadiums during football matches, local reports said last week. Lopes, who claims he is backed by the state's leading clubs, is to take up the issue with Rio's attorney general.

The move follows the Brazilian government's relaxation of the law for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, due to be held in the country in 2014, that will allow beer to be sold in stadiums.