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Infantino condemns crowd violence in Brazil and Argentina

 Infantino condemns crowd violence in Brazil and Argentina:

Infantino condemns crowd violence in Brazil and Argentina

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addressed the riots between supporters of the Brazilian and Argentine national teams, during the Super Clásico match in Rio de Janeiro as part of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Infantino said on his Instagram account in English, Spanish and Portuguese, “There is no place for violence in football, on or off the field.”

He said, "There must be secure protection to play and enjoy football, and I direct my words to the competent authorities to implement this at all levels, for all players, supporters, technical staff of the teams, and officials, without exception."

He stressed that he had not opened any disciplinary investigation, pointing out that it is a procedure that requires more time because he must obtain the match report with details to study it and then look into the Penal Code.

The confrontations between the supporters of the two teams in the stands and the violent and forceful police intervention resulted in the start of the match being delayed for an hour and the Argentine players sitting in the locker rooms after the playing of the two countries’ national anthems.

The Argentine national team returned to the field after things had calmed down in the stands, and the team emerged victorious with a clean goal scored by its defender Nicolas Otamendi midway through the second half, inflicting Brazil's first loss on home soil in the history of World Cup qualifiers.