Several Indian journalists, among hundreds of international scribes, were caught by surprise when Chilean fans attacked the Press Centre at the Maracana Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup clash with defending champions Spain. The fans were apparently angry because they did not get tickets to enter the famous Rio stadium.
Football arouses passion and commotion outside a stadium before a derby game is acceptable. But Wednesday saw an ugly turn of events with Chilean fans invading the usually well-guarded Media Centre. FIFA has condemned the unruly behaviour.
Children, women, and men were among the crowd who broke in, claiming to be angry because they did not get tickets for the high-profile game that Spain finally lost to crash out of the World Cup.