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After fan protest, Fred threatens not to play

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazil striker Fred warned on Thursday that he and his Fluminense teammates might not play this weekend following threatening behavior by fans after the team's recent run of defeats.

A few dozen Fluminense fans shouted abuse at players, threw objects and hit out at their cars earlier Thursday as the team left a Rio de Janeiro airport where it had touched down following a 1-0 loss to Chapecoense, its third in a row.

Some fans called the players "mercenaries" and threw coins at them. One told Fred to "ask to leave" the club.

Authorities didn't let the players leave through the main arrival area because of the protest, but fans found the back exit being used by the squad and kicked and punched some of the players' cars as they left.

Fred, who struggled with Brazil at the World Cup, published a warning on one of his social media accounts.

"If nothing is done by authorities or club officials, and these cowards try to invade the Laranjeiras (the team's headquarters) to attack the players, as a captain I will get the group together and Fluminense will not play on Sunday against Sport. They will use their weapons and we will use ours."

In the statement, accompanied by a photo of himself and 11 other Fluminense players, the striker called the fans "vandals" and said it was "unbelievable and lamentable that in 2014, after hosting a World Cup, Brazil still has to deal with this type of barbarity."

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