FIFA official frets over drunk World Cup fans, might consider alcohol ban.

Top FIFA Official “Amazed” by How Wasted World Cup Fans Are Getting

Top FIFA Official “Amazed” by How Wasted World Cup Fans Are Getting

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July 3 2014 9:34 AM

Top FIFA Official “Amazed” by How Wasted World Cup Fans Are Getting

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A World Cup fan surely drinking the appropriate amount.

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Beer vendors are apparently making a killing at this year’s World Cup. The levels of drinking while cheering in the stadiums have even caught FIFA by surprise. This week, FIFA No. 2 Jerome Valcke told a Brazilian TV station: "I was amazed by the number of people who were drunken and the level of alcohol… I was a bit surprised." He added: "Maybe there were too many people who were drunk."

Fan drunkenness at this year's Cup—to a certain extent—is a problem of FIFA’s own creation, as alcohol sales have been banned at Brazilian soccer matches since 2003 to try to keep fans from pummeling one another. “But Budweiser is a major World Cup sponsor and the tournament's organizer, FIFA, insisted Brazil lift the ban in order to host the month-long event,” the Associated Press reports. “During the protracted debate over the legislation, Valcke stated in 2012 that in-stadium beer sales were a key part of World Cup tradition and that lifting Brazil's ban was non-negotiable.”

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This week, however, Valcke seemed to be reconsidering the indispensability of the event’s beer-chugging tradition, saying it’s “something we have to look at.” “Valcke stressed that in-stadium beer sales have never been a problem in previous World Cups,” according to the AP.