FIFA World Cup: Brazil Vows to Keep out Argentina Hooligans

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has promised to keep out Argentina hooligans saying that he has police back up and that safety of Argentine fans will be of supreme importance during the FIFA World Cup.

updated: May 13, 2014 15:38 IST
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Rio de Janerio: Brazil today vowed to Brazil vows to keep out Argentina hooligans. "We do not want violent fans at the World Cup in Brazil," sports minister Aldo Rebelo said in response to reports that some of Argentina's notorious "barra bravas," or hardcore fans, may make it across the border to the event starting June 12. "We are cooperating with international police" to minimize the risk of hooliganism, Estado de Sao Paulo quoted Rebelo as saying.

"We do not want these quarrelsome Argentines here in Brazil," added Rebelo, who caused controversy last week in saying that even if Brazil had social problems, they were less serious than in an Iraq or Afghanistan.

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