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SBD Global/April 18, 2014/International Football

Court's Decision Will Enable Argentine 'Barra Bravas' To Travel To Brazil For World Cup

Members of Argentine "barra bravas" ("fan gangs") who have criminal records "will be able to travel to Brazil for the World Cup without problems," according to the DPA. The Argentine government announced on Wednesday that it will "not appeal against the court's decision to prevent the State from turning into Brazil a list of the most violent fans in Argentine football." Brazilian and Argentine authorities "had agreed to exchange information to ensure security during the World Cup." Various "barra bravas" were "extradited from South Africa during the World Cup" in '10 when South African authorities received "information on fans facing charges." Fan association "Hinchadas Unidas Argentinas" ("United Argentine Fans") consists of the barras of 38 Argentine clubs and was created before the 2010 World Cup. The group's attorney, Débora Hambo, said that "650 members of the group will travel to Brazil this summer." Hambo: "They want to enjoy the World Cup" (DPA, 4/16).
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