November 28, 2014
More hooligan contacts in Brazil
In last Friday’s SPORTSWORLD it was mentioned that the hooligans of the United Argentine Fans group intending to travel to the World Cup did not have match tickets. But Gilberto Bitancourt Viegas, leader of the friendly Inter Porto Alegre hooligan gang says he can provide accommodation for 1,200 hooligans and 200 tickets for them for every Argentina match. How did he get them? Through politicians, free in exchange for his gang doing favours for them. He came to Buenos Aires to arrange the details with Pablo “Bebote” Álvarez, leader of the Independiente gang with whom his gang is also friendly, and later said he had 1,200 tickets of which 600 are guaranteed (?).
Where will they get the money? With raffles, Álvarez said. Yet staying in Brazil for the World Cup would cost over 2,000 dollars each (travel, food, etc.), but Álvarez would not expand on how they will get the dollars.
Meanwhile, it is still in the air whether finally the Argentine government will send the Brazilian authorities a list of their many hooligans who have police records — some pretty serious — which would mean that they would be stopped at the border or closely watched.
Brazil should not let them in at all which would be the case in more civilized countries and Argentina should send the list right away, regardless of a judicial decision.
The government’s (in)security secretary Sergio Berni recently said that after the World Cup the ban on visiting team fans entering stadiums would be lifted for the capital, but not in the provinces, although it is difficult to understand what has changed the situation since the ban was imposed. In any case, Berni and the people who thought up this stupid measure just cannot win.
Olimpo were selling tickets to “neutrals” for yesterday’s match against River Plate in Bahía Blanca. Then Berni ordered that only club members could enter the stadium.
The latest news was that 1,400 River Plate fans had taken out Olimpo membership for a day although that and the ticket cost quite a bit to Olimpo’s benefit.