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Sunday's Rio match beefed up with more police

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm •  Published: June 20, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Six hundred additional military police will be assigned to Sunday's World Cup match at Rio's Maracana stadium between Belgium and Russia after almost 100 un-ticketed Chilean fans rampaged through the stadium's media center before the last game.

Colonel Jose Luis Castro, head of military police for Rio de Janeiro state, said Friday the reinforcements would be used to beef up the 2,500 military police that had already been assigned to the game.

"Should there be an attempt to invade, we will have a contingency force to prevent this," Castro said.

FIFA's director of security Ralf Mutschke called the security lapse before Wednesday's 2-0 victory by Chile over Spain "embarrassing." Four days earlier, at least 10 Argentine fans were detained after jumping fences at the famous stadium to see their team play Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"This is a challenge for us," said Roberto Alzir, a top Rio state security official in charge of policing the World Cup. "This is a very complex operation. ...We had specific failures, but various other invasion attempts were avoided by public and private security forces."

He did not say what they were.

He said the Maracana was difficult to police because of its location in the heart of the city, and because it attracts tourists.

"We have to understand that Maracana is a tourist attraction and so we cannot prevent people from getting close to the Maracana unless the situation becomes abnormal," Alzir said.

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