Chilean fans storm World Cup media centre in Rio
Published 18/06/2014 | 19:46
About an hour before kick-off approximately 200 Chilean fans without match tickets broke through a fence outside the Maracana in Rio and then rushed through the media centre.
They ran to one corner of the media centre and pushed over a partition wall which led to a service corridor,
The supporters attempted to gain entry to the ground from there but found their way blocked and had to come back along the corridor.
They pushed over another wall in the media centre, sending it collapsing onto desks feet from where journalists were sitting. There are no reports of any injuries.
Security was slow to arrive but the Chilean fans were arrested, some were held in the corridor while others were taken out of the media centre.
A joint statement from FIFA and the local organising committee said "at least 85 intruders" had forced their way into the stadium but that none had made it to the seating area for the match.
Chile fans sitting on the ground being counted by security - presumably so they can book sufficient number of cells pic.twitter.com/C9NfZZZxwq— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 18, 2014
Two walls now collapsed pic.twitter.com/CKTgdgiYjG— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) June 18, 2014
It's a real mess here. Hopefully no one hurt. pic.twitter.com/8QJ4Shc3IA— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) June 18, 2014
The statement said: "Ahead of the Spain versus Chile match at the Maracana, a group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry into the stadium, breaking fences and overrunning security. They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.
"The situation was brought under control quickly and at least 85 intruders were detained according the military police of Rio.
"The organisers of the FIFA World Cup condemn these acts of violence and we will communicate further information and measures to be taken in due course."
According to Brazilian media, one person - a disabled woman who is a Chile fan - was injured.