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Colombia complain to FIFA about security harassment SAO PAULO: Colombia complained to FIFA that a Brazilian security detail was harassing their delegation and delaying the team's movements to the point of making them arrive late for their first World Cup match against Greece on Saturday. In a letter sent to FIFA after the game, Colombia's Soccer Federation said the hostility of the Brazilian federal police team assigned to them was causing discomfort among players and technical staff. "They have torpedoed Colombia's movements, taking the team at a very slow speed," team spokesman Mauricio Correa told Reuters."Because of this situation yesterday we were late for the match It was intentional." Despite the problems, Colombia had no trouble overpowering Greece 3-0 at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte Back in Sao Paulo, where the team are based for the tournament, new rifts erupted with the security detail."There were not so kind words on their part and some members of ...

World Cup gives dusty farm city CUIABA: In Cuiaba, they like to say there are two seasons: winter and hell. That's not the kind of weather descriptor likely to draw hordes of visitors to this agricultural boom town. Brazil's warmest state capital. The place endures temperatures in excess of 45 degrees C (113 F) in summer, also known as "hell."But the World Cup soccer tournament now playing out in the Cuiaba "winter" a relatively mild 33 C, or 91 F is ...
Opposition candidate closes on Rousseff SAO PAULO: Brazil main opposition party launched the candidacy of its leader Aecio Neves on Saturday to challenge President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid in October on a platform of fiscal austerity and pro-market policies."Enough is enough," Neves said in an acceptance speech at the centrist PSDB party convention. He lambasted the leftist Rousseff for squandering public money and undermining the financial stability given to Brazil by the real currency plan adopted by former PSDB president ...
Brazilian police investigating rape of American during World Cup SAO PAULO: Police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso are investigating the alleged rape of an American woman on Friday night after the World Cup soccer match between Australia and Chile.The woman, 24, was accompanied by US embassy officials to a hospital in the state capital of Cuiaba, a statement from the Mato Grosso state civil police said on Saturday, the third day of the month-long tournament.The woman and her boyfriend were staying in ...
Dozen arrests, tear gas at Salvador Cup demo SAO PAULO: Brazilian police made 11 arrests and used tear gas to disperse anti-World Cup demonstrators Friday in the northeastern city of Salvador.Military police told AFP the arrests had been for "vandalism" in the city located just five kilometers (three miles) from the Fonte Nova stadium where the Netherlands beat reigning champions Spain in their opening group match.Some protesters threw stones at vehicles on display at automobile dealers and also cars parked in the streets, ...
Brazil gets in the World Cup swing as protests quiet down SAO PAULO: World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil on Friday as fans streamed to a second day of matches and violent protests subsided, although a last-minute scramble to get some host cities ready kept organizers on edge. Brazil's opening victory over Croatia unleashed celebrations late into Thursday night, with fireworks and car horns echoing for hours in major cities as fans got into the spirit of the first World Cup on Brazilian soil since ...
Rio airport staff declare partial strike for World Cup kick-off RIO DE JANEIRO: Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro's three airports will stage a 24-hour partial strike Thursday, the day Brazil hosts the opening match of the World Cup, their union said.The workers vowed to maintain 80 percent service, but the strike will nevertheless raise fears of delays as a flood of football fans descends on the tourist-magnet city around the opening match in Sao Paulo and first match in Rio on Sunday.Copyright AFP (Agence ...


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