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Brazilian Unrest: Corinthian fans break into World Cup stadium and assault players and staff

Feb 3, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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More unrest out of Brazil where the Guardian is reporting a mob of Corinthians supporters broke into a World Cup training center and assaulted club players and staff.

Approximately 100 Corinthians fans took wirecutters to a perimeter mesh around a coaching area in São Paulo, entered the facility and began yelling at club members for their recent poor form.

Things then escalated and according to local media, strikers Alexandre Pato, Emerson Sheik and coach Mano Menezes were all “manhandled” while striker Paolo Guerrero was “grabbed and throttled.”

“They tried to strangle the player who scored the most important goal in our club’s history,” club president Mario Gobbi said on Sunday referring to Guerrero’s winner against Chelsea in the 2012 Club World Cup final. “We didn’t deserve this.”

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that the mob of supporters refused to leave (and were not physically removed) from the ground for two hours. How exactly the incident was allowed to push on for so long is unclear.

The article makes no mention of stadium security or whether the police were even called, much less issued any arrests. Instead, it merely notes that Corinthians have since referred the case to police and the club hopes that CCTV footage will help identify those responsible for what the club describes as “an act of vandalism.”

The display brings additional question marks to the issue of security in Brazil 2014 after a number of violent incidents and anti-World Cup demonstrations. The subject stadium is set to be used by the Iranian National Team in June.

  1. drewvt6 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Hey MLS, offer these guys a contract! Maybe they’ll take a pay cut for peace of mind.

  2. mikeevergreen - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I’d love to see the big forward/small forward combo Pato would make with Mike Magee in Chicago.

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