Chaos at the Maracana

Chaos at the Maracana
Chile's fans, who managed to enter the stadium without tickets, knock over a parition in the press area, before the Group B football match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

BRAZIL - Breaching stadium security here is relatively easy. It's an embarrassing story that Fifa isn't eager to share, but the reality is rather humbling.

World Cup security is a bit of a shambles. Yesterday, around 100 Chile supporters forcibly made their way through a security checkpoint at the Maracana Stadium just an hour before their fixture with Spain, when there would have been a discernible police and security presence around the stadium's perimeter.

Yet 100 Chileans broke down a flimsy wall in the media centre before running down a corridor. Fifa and stadium security got lucky.

In their desperation, the Chileans ran past unguarded, unchecked escalators that would've carried them directly into the grandstands. They missed an open stairway to heaven.

Almost 100 trespassers were just an escalator away from breaking into the most prestigious football arena at the world's biggest sporting spectacle.

Trespassing at the Maracana and World Cup venues generally, seems easier than sneaking into a midweek S.League game.

Displaying a haste that was beyond them during the break-in, Fifa's organisers released a statement saying: "The situation was brought under control quickly... the organisers of the Fifa World Cup condemn these acts of violence."

This was another Fifa mistake. The supporters broke into a media centre. There were a couple of hundred eyewitnesses who all happened to be journalists who refused to corroborate Fifa's story.

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