FIFA/LOC step up security at Maracana, after forced entry incident




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SAO PAULO –  No fewer than 85 intruders into the Maracana Stadium were apprehended by the security forces on Wednesday.

A FIFA 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.

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 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 was quickly brought under control and at least 85 intruders were detained, according to the military of Rio de Janeiro,’’ the statement said.

The organisers of the FIFA World Cup have condemned these acts of violence

The statement stated further that  “we would communicate further and measures to be taken in due course’’. (NAN)