Ticketless Chile fans crash through barriers at Rio stadium, 85 detained
By Chris Wright ,AFP
June 20, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Scores of ticketless Chilean fans gate-crashed the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday, breaking through fences in a desperate rush to see their team's World Cup game against Spain, leading to 85 arrests.
It was the second time soccer fans broke into the iconic Rio de Janeiro stadium this week — an embarrassing security breach at the arena that will host the July 13 final.
The fans, many wearing Chile's red jersey, shattered a glass door at the media center at the iconic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, broke fences and partition walls, and swarmed into internal corridors before security guards stopped them.
Federal police said in a statement that it was giving the 85 fans 72 hours to leave the country, “or they will be subject to summary deportations.”
FIFA said none of the intruders had made it into the stands, missing their team's stunning 2-0 victory, which qualified Chile for the second round and sent defending champions Spain crashing out of the tournament.
The soccer governing body said the situation was “brought under control quickly.”
“The organizers of the FIFA World Cup condemn these acts of violence,” it said in a statement.
But a security guard said some had traversed a tunnel leading from the media center to the pitch and been lifted up into the terraces, appearing to slip into the crowd.
The security breach took place despite a vast security net put up by authorities concerned about protecting fans from crime and the type of violent anti-World Cup protests seen at last year's Confederations Cup.