Brazil celebration turns ugly

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Fans threw rocks at a bus carrying members of Brazil's World Cup championship team after the players cut short a victory parade.

Rio De Janeiro:

Fans threw rocks at a bus carrying members of Brazil's World Cup championship team on Wednesday after the players cut short a victory parade. The tour, celebrating Brazil's unprecedented fifth World Cup, was hours behind schedule when players decided to return to the airport at around 2:00 am in Botafogo, one beach short of the parade's final destination of Copacabana. The decision left thousands of fans, who had been waiting for as long as 11 hours, disappointed and angry. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and team captain Cafu explained to the fans that the players were tired. But after the players stepped off the trucks they had been on and boarded a bus back to the airport, angry fans pelted it with rocks, breaking three windows, police said. Many of the star players, including Rivaldo and Ronaldinho, had abandoned the celebrations at Rio's Antonio Carlos Jobim airport, choosing instead to fly home after more than 30 hours in transit from Japan and an award ceremony at the presidential palace in Brasilia. The parade was originally supposed arrive in Rio de Janeiro at around 3:00 pm, but celebrations involving half a million people in Brasilia, the nation's capital, delayed the team, which arrived in Rio at approximately 7:00 pm. Two hours later, the team left the airport atop three trucks accompanied by samba singer Zeca Pagodinho. By the time the team got to Sao Paulo, at around 4:30 am today, only team members Beletti, Cafu, Denilson, Juninho, Kaka, Marcos, Ricardinho and Roberto Carlos remained out of the 23 players who travelled to South Korea and Japan. (AP)

Topics : Football
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