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AIDS groups protest FIFA ban policy

sports Updated: Jun 05, 2010 16:42 IST

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AIDS awareness groups say they are protesting a ban by the world soccer body FIFA on the distribution of health related information and condoms at World Cup stadiums and fan events.

An alliance of 10 leading South African HIV/AIDS organizations says that FIFA has not permitted civic groups to set up booths and small "wellness centers" at FIFA controlled venues, while commercial sponsors are allowed to sell alcohol.

Mark Heywood, a spokesman for the alliance, said Saturday the tournament is an unprecedented chance to bring awareness to millions during festivities likely to make fans "behave in a way that will place them at greater risk of infection." No immediate comment was provided by FIFA.