No repeat of Brazil fans' violence at World Cup: FIFA

Mon Dec 9, 2013 5:15pm EST
 
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By Andrew Downie

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts next year's World Cup, FIFA and Brazilian government officials said on Monday.

Three people were seriously injured when fans fought running battles at the Atletico Paranaense v Vasco da Gama match on Sunday and at least 30 people have been killed in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year.

Sunday's game on the final day of the season had to be halted for 70 minutes and players broke down in tears as they watched fans chase each other round the terraces, trading blows with home-made clubs and weapons.

Brazil's Sports Ministry condemned the violence and called for swift punishment for hooligans.

It also said it would consult with public prosecutors and police chiefs over security at matches. There were no police inside the Arena Joinville where Sunday's game took place because the home side had opted to use private security guards.

President Dilma Rousseff also condemned the troublemakers and called for a special police station to be set up to deal with football-related incidents.

"I can assure you the lamentable scenes we saw yesterday will not be seen at the World Cup," said Andrei Rodrigues, the special secretary of major events at the Justice Ministry.

"We can assure you that the stadiums at the World Cup will have at least 200 camera feeds providing real time video and what happened yesterday cannot happen at the World Cup."   Continued...

 
Policemen fire rubber bullets as they help an Atletico Paranaense fan during clashes between Vasco da Gama soccer fans and Atletico Paranaense fans at their Brazilian championship match in Joinville in Santa Catarina state December 8, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Moraes