The organising committee of the 2006 World Cup in Germany is trying to persuade Anheuser-Busch to forego its exclusive rights over beer sales at the tournament. The committee said yesterday (27 October) that it is in talks with the brewing giant to allow German beers to be sold at the event's venues.

"We are in talks with Budweiser about allowing German beer to be sold in the World Cup stadia," the vice-president of the committee, Theo Zwanziger, told Agence France Presse. "But we need the go ahead from Budweiser to be able to do anything."

FIFA had sealed a deal with AB making Budweiser the official beer of the tournament, giving it exclusive sales rights inside venues for the matches. The deal caused uproar in the proud beer-making home country.