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Brazil asks FIFA, hotels to lower World Cup prices

Tuesday - 8/20/2013, 4:24pm  ET

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, the pool area of the Golden Tulip Inn in Brasilia, Brazil. The Brazilian government is concerned that some hotels listed on FIFA's website for the 2014 World Cup plan to overcharge during the tournament. Brazil's tourism board has notified the justice ministry after one of its studies showed that rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the World Cup in some hotels from the agency MATCH Services, which is listed on FIFA's website. The board says "it's probable that MATCH is exercising intermediation fees that are a lot higher than usually exercised in the tourism market." MATCH denied any wrongdoing on Saturday, Aug. 17, saying it "provides a totally transparent price structure." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

AP Sports Writer

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's tourism board says it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup.

The request comes just days after a study showed that room rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the World Cup in some hotels offered by the FIFA-appointed agency MATCH Services.

The tourism board says MATCH and the hotels need to find a way to reverse the "stratospheric increase" of rates announced for the World Cup period next year.

MATCH said Tuesday it has not yet received the request, but would "welcome any attempt the government would make to help us lower prices and would fully support such initiatives."

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