Violent scenes at Copacabana beach (foto: /)
As the iconic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro prepared to host the grand finale of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club football competition, between Boca Juniors and Fluminense, pre-match festivities took a violent turn.
The famous Copacabana Beach, which served as an impromptu fan zone, became the stage for a clash between supporters of the Argentine and Brazilian clubs.
The atmosphere, initially marked by camaraderie among Boca Juniors fans, quickly soured as conflicts with Fluminense supporters erupted. Media reports depict scenes of chaos with fans scrambling across the beach, leading to police intervention and several arrests. One Boca Juniors fan was detained for throwing bottles at others, while another was apprehended for assaulting a dog and attempting to attack a person.
Military police were compelled to deploy in force to prevent further escalation, employing shock grenades, with Brazilian media outlets also reporting the use of rubber bullets and tear gas. The incident casts a shadow over the much-anticipated final, raising concerns about fan safety and the measures in place to ensure a peaceful celebration of football.