Key World Cup bill delayed again in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- A congressional commission has delayed a vote on a key World Cup bill, handing another setback to FIFA and local organizers trying to speed up the country's preparations for the 2014 tournament.

The final text of the bill regulating football's showcase tournament was expected to be approved on Tuesday but some members of the commission asked for more time to analyze the proposed law.

That means the vote won't likely happen before Carnival next week, and the bill is unlikely to reach the lower chamber and the Senate by the end of March, as expected by FIFA.

The law would put in place the final commitments made by Brazil's federal government when it bid to host the World Cup.