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SBD Global/December 10, 2013/International Football
Violence Halts Brazil League Match, Reignites Fears For Upcoming World Cup
Published December 10, 2013
FIFA REACTS: BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja reported FIFA "attempted to make a distinction between the World Cup and the Brazilian championship." In an email statement, FIFA said, "For the 2014 FIFA World Cup a very comprehensive security concept is in place in an integrated operation between private and public security authorities to ensure the safety for fans, players and any other stakeholder involved in the event. The concept has worked very well during the FIFA Confederations Cup and is built on models used at previous FIFA World Cups" (BLOOMBERG, 12/9).
PRIVATE SECURITY: REUTERS' Andrew Downie reported one expert said at least 30 people "have been killed" in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year. Brazil's Sports Ministry "called for swift punishment for hooligans." In a statement it said that "it would consult with public prosecutors and police chiefs over future policing of matches." There were no police inside the Arena Joinville where the game took place because the home side "had opted to use private security guards." President Dilma Rousseff "condemned the troublemakers and called for a special police station to be set up to deal with football-related incidents" (REUTERS, 12/9).
PERSISTING PROBLEM: In London, Fernando Duarte wrote on the Guardian's Talking Sport blog the images "paint a scary picture that will add to the criticism faced by Brazilian football." The year of '13 "has been horrendous" (GUARDIAN, 12/9).
MAKING MATTERS WORSE: In Madrid, Manuel Salinero reported "the serious incident has created commotion within the world of football, which is as concerned with security in stadiums as in the cities that will host World Cup matches, which will be the destinations for thousands of fans from all over the world." The security issue "is added to the various problems that Brazil has suffered in recent months: construction delays, and two deaths in an accident at the Corinthians stadium, among others" (AS, 12/9).