Mexican Legislators Complete Draft Of Sporting Event Safety Law To Be Voted On In September
After "months of intense negotiations, the legislation to eradicate violence from Mexico City stadiums is prepared and lacks only approval to be implemented starting in September," according to LA AFICION. Under pressure from the Liga MX, the law's name was changed from the "Stadiums Law" to the "Law for Security at Sporting Events in the Federal District." The 24-page proposal, which will be presented before Mexico City's Legislative Assembly in September, "features a few main points, including the installation of breathalyzers at stadium entrances." Chapter five of the proposed law says "access to the stadium will be denied to persons in an intoxicated state or under the influence of drugs or narcotics." The new rules regarding the sale of alcohol inside stadiums will remain "as they currently are: the sale of alcohol will be suspended once 60% of the time allotted for the event has passed." The legislation will also designate non-smoking areas in stadiums (LA AFICION, 7/2).