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Colombian cities put damper on World Cup celebrations with alcohol sales bans, curfews


Colombia soccer fans celebrate the goal scored by their team as they watch a live telecast of their team's World Cup match with Japan inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. After 12 days of competition, Colombia has already reached the second round with a game to spare, won two matches at the tournament for the first time, and played with a vigor that has made the team one of the most exciting to watch in Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) (The Associated Press)

Colombian mayors skittish about World Cup-related excess banned liquor sales in the capital and other major cities Tuesday as the country's national team played Japan. Several cities also imposed game-day curfews for minors.

Police reported at least 11 violent deaths nationwide occurred during celebrations of Colombia's earlier victories over Ivory Coast and Greece and thousands of disturbances including vandalism.

In Bogota, a 24-hour ban on alcohol sales took effect at 6 a.m. Other cities with short-lived "dry laws" included the regional capitals of Pasto, Neiva and Bucaramanga.

Some cities also imposed a ban on carrying firearms.