Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 20th 2014 Contents RIO DE JANEIRO---Fifa has
acknowledged being embar-
rassed by a security lapse that
let ticketless Chile fans ram-
page into the Maracana Stadi-
Fences have been breached by
fans at both World Cup matches
staged at the country s biggest
and most prestigious stadium
which hosts the final on July 13.
"It is embarrassing," Fifa direc-
tor of security Ralf Mutschke said
Thursday, one day after dozens
of ticketless Chile fans broke into
the sold-out venue ahead of their
team s 2-0 win against Spain.
Mutschke said security oper-
ations at the World Cup must
"improve in order that this will
not happen again."
Brazilian authorities said 87
people were detained after
smashing their way through a
perimeter wire fence into the sta-
dium media centre.
Fans stampeded through the
media working area, knocking
down partition walls while trying
to gain access to the pitch area.
They were detained by some of
the 1,000-plus private security
officers on match duty.
"We have to protect the media,
there s no doubt about it---we
also have to protect the (other)
fans," Mutschke said at a news
briefing to address the incident.
Chile s consul general in Rio,
Samuel Ossa, told state TV that
the fans will be arrested if they
do not leave Brazil within 72
Earlier, Ossa had said the fans
were "not criminals, there was
too much passion to see the
Still, the president of Chile s
football federation condemned
the fans actions.
"We do not accept them," Ser-
gio Jadue said Thursday at the
team s training camp. "The large
majority of Chilean fans show
excellent, exemplary behavior
that was marred by 85 so-called
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Mario Sergio Conti, a well-known Brazilian
syndicated columnist, couldn t believe his eyes
Wednesday when he boarded a plane going from
Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo.
There, sitting in one of the seats, was none other
than the coach of Brazil s national team, Felipe Sco-
lari. Or so he thought.
The man was really Vladimir Palomo, a Scolari
lookalike who did not reveal his real identity when
he gave Conti an interview in which among other
things he said he was surprised by Spain s early
elimination from the World Cup, praised Neymar
and said Italy, the Netherlands and Germany were
Brazil s biggest rivals.
The interview was published Wednesday night
by the Web sites of the influential Folha de S Paulo
and O Globo newspapers, which hours later took
down the story when it was revealed Scolari was
not on the plane and that he had spent the day in
the northeastern city of Fortaleza.
The two Web sites published corrections and
"Mario Sergio apologises to Scolari, Palomo and
its readers for the confusion," the Folha de S Paulo
news Web site said.
You ve got to feel for the football fans of
First, when the draw for the 2014 World Cup
took place last year, the southern Brazilian city s
allocation of games, with all due respect to the
teams involved, wasn t as high-profile as others.
Well, at least the fans would get to see Spain,
the defending champion.
They will still see Spain on Monday, but it will
be a team that has already been eliminated from
the tournament. Not only that, but Spain s opponent
at the Arena da Baixada, Australia, also can t
It s what is known in the parlance as a dead rub-
ber, a game bereft of meaningful consequence.
The disappointment is evident throughout this
well-manicured city that has been at the forefront
of urban planning in Brazil and beyond.
One Fifa volunteer, who wouldn t give his name
in line with the football governing body s scriptures,
said everyone was "naturally upset" as Spain was
the highlight in the city s World Cup allocation.
Curitiba s football fans have already seen one
game, but the 0-0 draw between Iran and Nigeria
was a fairly drab affair with few chances.
The other two matches in Curitiba are Ecuador-
Honduras today and Russia-Algeria next Thursday.
Lydia Gibbons walked through Sao Paulo s hip
Vila Madalena neighbourhood late Wednesday
with a pathetic pout on her face. Acting a little
bit, she hoped, might just help her cause.
The 28-year-old from England held a homemade
cardboard sign reading: "Tickets Needed Endland
VS Uruguay" featuring hand-drawn flags for each
Her friend, Tarso Liang of Brazil, said they
wouldn t be picky about who they cheered for if
they actually got into Itaquerao Stadium for yes-
terday s Group D match between teams that lost
"If you have tickets we can be England or
Uruguay," Liang said. "She s English, but I can cheer
Thousands of English fans took to the street in
this area packed with sports bars, many buying
their drinks from giant coolers in the middle of the
road and paying with credit cards at these outdoor
Fifa says Maracana lapse embarrassing
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