LOOK: Chile fans storm past gates, into media center prior to match
Security nightmare at the World Cup.
OK, forget about the fact that most, if not all, of these Chile fans are just eager to watch their team by any means necessary.
Because that above is a security nightmare. You don't know who's planning on doing what. But it's what World Cup officials dealt with briefly on Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of fans broke past exterior barriers outside Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
This came approximately an hour before the Chile-Spain match.
Most, if not all, of the fans involved did not have tickets.
Temporarily walls and lockers were trashed. It wasn't just security, but volunteers who had to step in and subdue the horde that was attempting to snake its way into the outer bowl and watch their team.
One reporter from Turkey was taken away with an injured foot, via wheelchair.
A reporter from USA Today writes, "The fans somehow got onto a concourse between the media center and the field, and there were so many that they toppled one section of temporary wall and then another. The walls support lockers, and those knocked over at least four big-screen TVs on stands."
Police were not immediately on hand to subdue the pack, but soon enough most of the stadium interlopers were peacefully led out of the building. An assortment of images and video from the media collective on hand in Rio.
Some now apprehended but chaotic scenes as staff flee and security try to catch fans. pic.twitter.com/S9yEuypuRg— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 18, 2014
Looks like they are all sitting against a wall. Chanting: "Chi Chi Chi! Le! Le! Le!" pic.twitter.com/VSGtGJOOXM— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) June 18, 2014
More damage. One volunteer quite upset trying to maintain order: "We are only three people!" pic.twitter.com/aPRJU0aDgN— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) June 18, 2014
Fans being led away now. pic.twitter.com/bcuVABJ0iQ— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) June 18, 2014
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