Brazil Asks for Information on Violent Fans

By Dialogo
December 05, 2011

Brazil has requested a list of violent fans from seven countries, including Argentina and the United States, in order to bar them from entering the country during the 2014 soccer World Cup.

The request was submitted by the Special Secretariat for Major Events to the police authorities of Argentina, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Poland, according to the daily Folha de São Paulo.

“Fans identified as difficult by their country’s police will not get an entry visa for Brazil,” the newspaper said.

The security agencies will also monitor the borders for the entry of troublemakers from countries for which a visa is not required to enter the World Cup host country, it added.

The authorities are preparing a strategic plan for security for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, which Rio de Janeiro will host.

The São Paulo Federal Police expressed concern recently about possible terrorist attacks during the World Cup and said that preparations are underway for “a scenario with a quite elevated level of risk.”

At the same time, the authorities are racing to get the stadiums ready, improve the transportation system, and welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists in the 12 cities that will host the World Cup.