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FIFA may enforce stricter security measures


Lionel Messi

Rio de Janeiro: World football body FIFA is mulling stricter security measures during the remaining stages of the 2014 World Cup.

This came after an Argentine fan was shot in his leg Wednesday in Porto Alegre in a clash between two groups, reports EFE.

Argentine Gonzalo Nunez (35) was shot in the leg and was later discharged from hospital. During the first two weeks of the tournament, Argentine, Chilean and Colombian fans have clashed leading to ugly incidents.

FIFA is also worried after 85 Chilean fans were arrested for gatecrashing into the media centre of the Maracana Stadium.

FIFA is now considering separate entrances and exits for the fans of both teams and banning alcohol in sports facilities. FIFA spokesperson, Delia Fischer, said such procedures will apply in certain matches only.

Some 3000 policemen were deployed during France-Ecuador match at Maracana Stadium Wednesday. Doubts are also being raised whether Brazilian authorities will be able to handle the World Cup final at the same stadium if it will be played between Brazil and Argentine.