World Cup Fans Break Down Barrier And Storm Stadium

Chile fans bypassed security and rushed the media center before Wednesday's game against Spain. Developing.

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This afternoon, Chile fans broke down a barrier and rushed into Maracanã Stadium before the Spain-Chile game.

Scary moment we #CHI fans just broke down a barrier and stormed stadium.

Sam Laird@samcmlaird

Scary moment we #CHI fans just broke down a barrier and stormed stadium.

2:09 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After entering the stadium, a large number of Chile fans without tickets bypassed security...

Total chaos at Maracana as dozens of Chile fans break through fences + charge into press centre.

Martyn Ziegler@martynziegler

Total chaos at Maracana as dozens of Chile fans break through fences + charge into press centre.

2:13 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And stormed the media center.

Chile fans have just stormed the media centre, trying to get into the ground.

Raphael Honigstein@honigstein

Chile fans have just stormed the media centre, trying to get into the ground.

2:07 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Causing damage along the way.

I'm not sure why but 100+ Chilean fans just ran into media centre at Maracana. Stewards trying to remove them. Glass broken, walls damaged

Simon Kuper@KuperSimon

I'm not sure why but 100+ Chilean fans just ran into media centre at Maracana. Stewards trying to remove them. Glass broken, walls damaged

2:10 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some aftermath in the media center entrance

Sam Laird@samcmlaird

Some aftermath in the media center entrance

2:10 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Now Chile fans smashing up a partition. Reporters holding up camera phones..or running away...some doing both at once

Jonathan Northcroft@JNorthcroft

Now Chile fans smashing up a partition. Reporters holding up camera phones..or running away...some doing both at once

2:11 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

More pics from Maracana media center. #ESPCHI

Sam Laird@samcmlaird

More pics from Maracana media center. #ESPCHI

2:15 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fortunately, security was able to regain control of the situation before anyone was seriously injured.

Not cops, sorry, security. #CHI fans being held here. Maracana media center.

Sam Laird@samcmlaird

Not cops, sorry, security. #CHI fans being held here. Maracana media center.

2:13 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And the group is now being held in the media center, presumably awaiting arrests.

Update — June 18, 3:10 p.m., ET: Police have detained the individuals who illegally entered the stadium.

Chilean fans that invaded the Maracanã have been detained by the police RT @bbcbrasil: #WorldCup

Paulo Freitas@Cynegeticus

Chilean fans that invaded the Maracanã have been detained by the police RT @bbcbrasil: #WorldCup

3:08 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update — June 18, 5:35 p.m., ET: It is now being reported that the arrested fans will be deported back to Chile.

Chilean fans that invaded Maracanã ahead of #CHI #SPA game will be deported http://t.co/ewaiCXYAOL (with video!) #WorldCup2014

Anna Edgerton@annaedge4

Chilean fans that invaded Maracanã ahead of #CHI #SPA game will be deported http://t.co/ewaiCXYAOL (with video!) #WorldCup2014

5:31 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite