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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 10, 2013
SAO PAULO---As disturbing images
of fans hitting each other made their
way into the news across Brazil, FIFA
moved quickly yesterday to downplay
the risk of violence inside stadiums
during the World Cup.
FIFA condemned the incidents in the
southern city of Joinville, where fan
fighting halted a decisive Brazilian
league match for more than an hour
on Sunday and led to the hospitalization
of four people, including one airlifted
from the field.
"This is very sad for Brazilian foot-
ball," FIFA said in a statement. "FIFA
and the local organizing committee
condemn any form of violence and
such incidents should not happen in
any football stadium."
The violence came only two days
after FIFA held the draw for the World
Cup with an extravagant ceremony in
a luxurious resort in northeastern Brazil.
Hundreds of supporters from Atletico
Paranaense and Vasco da Gama charged
against each other in Joinville, throwing
kicks, punches and using sticks and
metal bars in the fighting, forcing the
referee to stop the match about 17 min-
utes into the first half.
Security in Joinville was done by pri-
vate guards instead of police, similar
to what is planned for the World Cup.
Only stewards are in charge of fan safety
inside stadiums during FIFA events,
with authorities usually in charge of
security outside the venues.
Sunday s fighting only stopped after
police arrived firing rubber bullets to
disperse the crowd.
FIFA said it could not comment on
what happened in Joinville because it
was not involved in the match, but
noted that it is confident with security
plans for the World Cup.
Most of FIFA s security concerns
ahead of next year s event have been
focused on protests outside of the ven-
ues, but the recent violence inside
Brazilian stadiums is likely to lead to
some apprehension. Even though rival
fan groups common to club matches
are not expected during World Cup
games, it was clear Sunday that the
nearly 80 security guards separating
the crowd in Joinville were not in posi-
tion to contain the violence.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
said yesterday the sports ministry was
accompanying the case and called to
an end to lack of punishment in cases
of fan violence in Brazil.
Newspapers yesterday showed grue-
some images of fans being stepped on,
some of them motionless as rival sup-
porters continued to pound them from
every side. Some fans who got pulled
away from their groups were attacked
by up to 20 rivals. A police helicopter
had to land on the field of the Arena
Joinville to airlift a man with a serious
Three of the seriously injured men
remained hospitalised, but none of their
injuries were life threatening, according
to the Hospital Sao Jose. Police said
they detained three people on Sunday.
The match, which earned Atletico
Paranaense a place in next year s Copa
Libertadores and led to Vasco da Gama s
relegation, was played in Joinville instead
of Atletico s base in Curitiba because
the club had already been punished for
fan violence earlier this year.
Several other cases of fan violence
have hit the World Cup host country
in recent months, with champion
Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama, Corinthians
and Palmeiras all losing home games
because of c
and outside stadiums. Cruzeiro s title
celebrations a few weeks ago had to be
canceled because of fan fighting on the
streets of Belo Horizonte. (AP)
'very sad' fan
violence in Brazil
football faced renewed
concerns about match-
fixing yesterday after
Blackburn striker DJ
Campbell was identified
as one of six people
arrested in the second
police investigation into
rigged matches opened
inside two weeks.
Campbell is one of two
former Premier League play-
ers arrested after British newspaper
The Sun uncovered alleged spot-fix-
ing---where minor elements of a game
are rigged---in the professional leagues.
That follows another newspaper inves-
tigation by the Daily Telegraph, which
led to non-league players being charged.
The latest probe is seemingly more
serious, as it involves games as high
up as the second-tier League Cham-
pionship, and with claims
by one player that he could
even help rig Premier
Campbell has previously
played in the topflight for
and Queens Park Rangers.
He s been playing for
Blackburn in the League
Championship season, and
the club confirmed Camp-
bell s arrest on its website
but said it was prevented from com-
menting further because it is an ongoing
The main allegations don t centre
on players affecting the results of a
game, but rather on things like delib-
erately earning yellow cards.
Many bookmakers allow people to
bet on whether a certain player will be
Blackburn striker Campbell
nabbed in fixing probe
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