Argentine fan attacked by Brazilians in flag tussle
An Argentine soccer fan suffered a broken finger after three Brazilians tried to rip an Argentina flag from his hands in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, the website of local newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported.
A local hospital confirmed Rubén Lucero was undergoing hand surgery today but a spokeswoman for Belo Horizonte's military police did not have any information on the incident because a police report was not filed.
Local media in Argentina report that the 32-year-old, who has lived in the Brazilian city for two years, had hanged the national flag from his car. When the three attackers tried to rip it out, Rubén resisted and was left with a broken finger. By the time of the incident, the victim was with his wife and little daughter in his vehicle.
More than 50,000 fans from Argentina, Brazil's soccer rivals, are expected to come to the tournament.
It was the first reported case of violence between fans of the two teams ahead of the World Cup kickoff on Thursday when hosts Brazil face Croatia.
Brazil plans to beef up security inside and outside stadiums where Argentina play in order to minimise the chances of any violence between rival hooligans.