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Two Brazilian Soccer Fans Gunned Down Before First Game At New World Cup Stadium

posted 15 Apr 2013, 10:57 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 15 Apr 2013, 10:58 ]

Two young Brazilian soccer fans are allegedly shot and killed by supporters of a rival team before a test match in a new stadium built for June's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

FORTALEZABRAZIL (APRIL 14, 2013)  (TV GLOBO) -  Two soccer fans were shot and killed on their way to a match at the newly completed Arena Castelao World Cup stadium in the northeastern Brazilian city ofFortaleza on Sunday (April 14).

Two young men, fans of visiting team Ceara, were shot in the head from a passing vehicle allegedly carrying two Fortaleza supporters, according to police.

Ceara fans are said to have sparked the shooting by throwing stones at Fortalezasupporters, according to local reports.

Police have arrested an unidentified man in connection with the incident which occurred about five kilometers (3 miles) from the Arena Castelao.

Ceara beat rivals Fortaleza 1-0 in what was the stadium's first test before hosting games for the Confederations Cup.

The Confederations Cup, to be played by eight nations from June 15-30, is considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup which will also be played here a year later.

The violence highlights security concerns as Brazil continues to face doubts over its ability to successfully host events like the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016.