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Monday 15 September 2014

Chilean fans storm World Cup media centre in Rio

Published 18/06/2014 | 19:46

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Broken doors and planters are seen after fans broke through security entering the stadium prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile
Broken doors and planters are seen after fans broke through security entering the stadium prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile
Security personnel attempt to control fans after breaking through security and entering the stadium prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana
Security personnel attempt to control fans after breaking through security and entering the stadium prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana

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.

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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.

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.

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