Colombia mayors restrict World Cup merrymaking

Adrian Ramos of Colombia takes on Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe and Yasuyuki Konno of Japan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Adam Pretty, Getty Images)
Adrian Ramos of Colombia takes on Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe and Yasuyuki Konno of Japan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Adam Pretty, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 4:13 pm

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Bans on liquor sales — and curfews for minors — will be back in place in several major Colombian cities for Saturday's big World Cup contest. And some mayors are adding new restrictions.

Only a few big cities are allowing alcohol sales for the 24 hours around Colombia's match against Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro in the tournament's first knockout round.

Mayors credit the dry law measures with helping to reduce vandalism and celebration-related deaths. At least one is now adding temporary bans on motorcycles.

But the controls don't sit well with many merchants. The president of Colombia's National Federation of Retailers estimates $15 million in lost liquor and beer sales.

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