Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match this weekend is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts the World Cup next year, said FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, on Monday.
At least 30 people have been killed in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year, one expert said, after three people were seriously injured when fans fought running battles at the Atletico Paranaense versus Vasco da Gama match.
Sunday's game on the final day of the season had to be halted for 70 minutes. Some players broke down in tears as they watched fans chase each other round the terraces, trading blows and hitting each other with homemade sticks and weapons.
"For a country that is hosting the World Cup next year this is very sad," said Alessandro, the Vasco goalkeeper. "The stadium isn't safe. From what we can see the fans aren't segregated."