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Serious questions need answers in Brazil, where security ahead of World Cup 2014 remains dubious

Dec 13, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT

Head coach of Tigres Gorosito speaks to media during Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo

A serious and disturbing incident last night in Brazil has reminded everyone why security in and around the 2014 World Cup (and the 2016 Olympics, too) continues to be a serious concern.

It all happened during the Copa Sudamericana’s final match of South America’s continental club championship, being contested this year between Brazil’s famed Sao Paulo and Argentina’s Tigre.

The second leg of the final was abandoned at halftime following scuffles on the field and a bizarre, alleged incident at halftime that so alarmed Tigre players and officials that they refused to return for the second 45.

According to reports (like this one), Sao Paulo had a 2-0 lead. One of the goals was scored by Lucas, who leaves in a month for Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Tigre officials, they refused to return because their players had been attacked by security officials in the locker room. Chilean referee Enrique Osses abandoned the match after waiting 30 minutes; Sao Paulo was awarded the victory and the tournament title.

What Tigre coach Nestor Gorosito (pictured) told Fox Sports:

During the break, a big guy came in with a gun. Some policeman started to hit some of my players. We tried to defend ourselves.”

All of this comes as questions continue to be asked about not just security, but infrastructure; about whether Brazil will be ready to properly host the 2014 World Cup.

  1. mdac1012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Security issues in South America? I find that hard to believe.

  2. mvktr2 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    This is what happens when one group (government) claims a right or authority (which it doesn’t naturally have) by way of creating conjoined monopolies of force and ‘justice’. I’ll add all the while being insulated from accountability through immunity clauses written into ‘the law’.

    If it’s unclear what this has to do with the event, it’s this. Had Tigre been responsible for it’s own security, paying armed security personnel whom had equal rights to anyone else including the ‘police’ whom claimed legitimacy through their employment with the state, this whole event would have played out very differently. Translation: read some Lysander Spooner dadgummit, particularly his letter to Grover Cleveland, section 4 which makes the point no group can claim rights which they did not have as individuals and can not grant rights they did not already possess as individual (there is no such thing as collective rights).

    What this means for WC14? Hope you’re not in the same group as Brazil… especially if you’ve got a history with em… and film everything everywhere … oh yea and hire your own security personnel.

    • wfjackson3 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      That was completely unintelligible.

  3. tackledummy1505 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    So who thinks Brazil will be the 2014 World Cup Champions? I do! All you need to do is extort every opponent Brazil plays right? Lol

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