Brazil's tourism board has asked Adidas to stop selling 2014 World Cup products that use sex appeal to promote the host country following the selling of T-shirts that appear to promote sex tourism.
Adidas say they will stop selling the World Cup products that used sex appeal to promote host Brazil, a move that came after a formal complaint from the local government onÂ Tuesday.
Adidas made the announcement just hours after Brazil's tourism board released a statement condemning some T-shirts that were being sold on the company's web site, including one which said "Lookin' to Score," with a woman in bikini in front of the word "Brazil" and an image of the Sugar Loaf mountain in theÂ background.
Another said "I (heart) Brazil," with what appeared to be the image of a thong bikini inside theÂ heart.
Adidas, a World Cup sponsor and supplier of the official ball for the tournament, said in a statement the products were limited edition T-shirts available only in the UnitedÂ States.
"Adidas always pays close attention to the opinion of its consumers and partners," the company said. "Therefore, it is announcing that these products will not be soldÂ anymore."
The T-shirts were not available on the site on Tuesday shortly after Brazilian media published images ofÂ them.
The tourism board said the Brazilian government is "vehemently" against anything that "links Brazil's image to sex appeal," and said officials are working hard to repress "sexual tourism" during the WorldÂ Cup.
"We want to make it very clear to our main commercial partners in tourism that Brazil does not tolerate this type of crime in its territory," saidÂ Flavio Dino, president of the tourism boardÂ Embratur.
Shortly after the board released its statement, PresidentÂ Dilma RousseffÂ tweeted Brazil is taking seriously the fight against sexualÂ tourism.
"Brazil is happy to welcome the tourists that will arrive for the World Cup, but it is also ready to fight against sexual tourism," sheÂ said.
The World Cup, soccer's showcase event, is being held across 12 cities in Brazil from June 12-July 13. It is the first time since 1950 the South American nation is hosting theÂ tournament.
"This campaign goes against what Brazil defends," Dino said of the Adidas T-shirts. "Our effort is to promote Brazil for its natural and cultural attributes. An initiative like this one ignores and disrespects the message the government is trying to getÂ across."
Embratur said it wants to take advantage of the World Cup to showcase Brazil's "diverse culture, hospitality, modernity and naturalÂ beauties."
"None of our campaigns will ever use any image or message that uses sexual connotation or promotes this criminal action," the board said in itsÂ statement.
As part of a charities-led campaign announced earlier this month in London, videos warning soccer fans against paying for sex with children at the World Cup will be played on Brazil-bound flights fromÂ England.