World Cup stadium vandalised
SAO PAULO - Another wave of fan violence hit Brazil at the weekend, with seats destroyed at a World Cup stadium in Fortaleza and dozens of supporters detained after clashes in Sao Paulo.
World Cup organisers said yesterday that about 100 seats were destroyed at the Arena Castelao by Fortaleza fans upset that the team missed out on promotion.
The stadium will host six matches in next year's World Cup. Local media, citing police, said the number of damaged seats could be close to 3000.
Police also confronted fan groups inside two other stadiums, including where Brazilian league leaders Cruzeiro played on Sunday.
Several teams have been punished by Brazil's sports tribunal this year because of fan violence, and more penalties are expected after this weekend.
No serious injuries were reported in the incidents.