The match between Brazil against Argentina was highly anticipated with over 69,000 tickets bought.Fight broke up in the Maracana stadium between the fans after the National Anthem, Police enforcement was sent to the stands to stop the fight.
The Brazilian police were brutal dealing with the situation beating the fans with batons.The fans also reiterated against the police, making the situation worsen.Lionel Messi lead his Argentina side back to the dressing room until the situation had calm down.Argentina Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was seen trying to fight the police for being brutal to the fans before going back to the tunnel.The fans also started throwing chairs and items in the stands. Only one fan was seriously injured profusely bleeding on the head.
After 27 minutes its when the situation calmed down and the Argentina team was asked to come back to the pitch. Argentina and Brazil players and staff had an argument on the pitch again after the incident. The Brazilian side never left the pitch the whole time. After a few minutes of warm up the match started.
The match was heated in the first half, with Argentina fans cheered and more security faced them on the pitch. The match ended 0-1 with Brazil losing the first home World Cup qualifier match. Otamendi sealed the win for Argentina.This was one of the most heated matches in the International break.
After the match lionel Messi said,”This purely against Argentina. It can’t be accepted, its madness and has stop. Its not the first time to see how police are brutal in Brazil. There were also some of our families there and same thing happened in the Copa Libertadores final.They are more focused on that than playing football. We went to the dressing room to avoid and more fracas. We keep making history and achieving big things.”
This is not good for football.It should be more peaceful.Football should unite people not bring people against each other.