Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, has announced that a decision has been taken to reinforce stadium security at the World Cup presently under way in Brazil.
The decision was taken together with the local organising committee and the country’s ministries of defence and sport and follows an incident last week when a mob of Chilean supporters stormed the media centre at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in an attempt to gain access to their team’s crucial match against Spain.
As a result, almost 100 fans were detained and set to be deported.
Some of the fans were complaining about Fifa and a lack of tickets for the game at the 75,000-capacity Maracana, which Chile won 2-0 to dump holders Spain out of the World Cup.
Fifa said in a statement that a decision has been taken: “to reinforce security in the stadia perimeters (both physically and with personnel) and to increase the presence of public security on access control points (mag & bags) as well as private security (stewards) inside the 12 stadiums.”
There was no repeat of the trouble at the Chile-Spain game when Belgium met Russia in the latest fixture at the Maracana on Sunday.
The World Cup ends with the final at the same venue on 13 July.