Corinthians' Fans Damage Airport During Send Off For FIFA Club World Cup
Close to 15,000 fans of Brasileiro club Corinthians were at São Paulo's Guarulhos Int'l Airport to cheer the squad as it left for the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, according to GLOBO ESPORTE. However, the party ended in "confusion with the military police" and airport security. According to airport employees, "windows were broken and alarms set off and, the grass area was totally destroyed." Fire hydrants and airport signs were also damaged. An airport security guard said, "The guys were climbing on cars, jumping, breaking everything, it was horrible" (GLOBO ESPORTE, 12/4). REUTERS' Brian Homewood noted that photographs showed "thousands of Corinthians fans inside the departure hall where they chanted, waved banners and set off fire extinguishers" (REUTERS, 12/4).