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Violent clashes in Brazil cause World Cup headache


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Violent clashes in Brazil cause World Cup headache

With just under a year to go before Brazil host the World Cup a wave of fan violence has hit the South American country causing quite the embarrassment for World Cup organizers.

Angry supporters destroyed hundreds of seats at a World Cup stadium in Fortaleza after the home side missed out on promotion to the second division. Dozens of fans were detained.

The Arena Castelao is scheduled to host six world cup matches next year.

Police also confronted fans inside two other stadiums over the weekend.

At the Morumbi Stadium, fans and police clashed when Sao Paulo supporters attempted to invade the Corinthians’ stands.

Clashes between the two sets of supporters also continued after the match while at the Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, police used tear gas to contain Cruzeiro fans during their team’s defeat to rivals Atletico Mineiro.

Elsewhere in Sao Paulo some other violent footage emerged of the moment a motorcyclist wearing a helmet with a camera is robbed of his bike at gunpoint.

(WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE)

The violence in recent months has renewed security concerns ahead of next year’s soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, the governors of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have vowed to crack down on the disruption.

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