SAO PAULO – No fewer than 85 intruders into the Maracana Stadium were apprehended by the security forces on Wednesday.
A FIFA statement said that the intruders tried to make a futile forced entry into the facility, during the group B match between Chile and Spain.
The match ended 2-0, in favour of Chile.
It was the second consecutive loss by the defending champions, Spain, which had become the first team to exit the Brazil World Cup.
The Spaniards had lost their opening game, 1-5 to Netherlands.
“Ahead of the match at the Maracana, a group of individuals without tickets violently forced their entry into the stadium, breaking fences and overrunning the security.
“They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.
The organisers of the FIFA World Cup have condemned these acts of violence
The statement stated further that “we would communicate further information and measures to be taken in due course’’. (NAN)