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By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial
10 July, 2014
Football fans attending World Cup matches in Brazil are being urged to be on guard for ticket thefts after a number of incidents were reported outside stadiums.
Victims have reported cases of pick-pocketing by children and distraction robberies. In one incident, three women created a diversion by appearing to attempt to push their way into a queue.
There were around 200 complaints to police relating to the Brazil vs Colombia match at the Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza on July 6. Many tickets were taken during an incident at a bar that had been set up next to the stadium.
The UK Foreign Office says that British fans should keep their tickets safely concealed until they reach the turnstile.
Ahead of the Brazil vs Colombia game, the State of Ceará issued an injunction ordering FIFA to reprint tickets that had been reported to the police as lost, although the move was then blocked by Brazil's Superior Court of Justice on crowd safety grounds. The Public Defender of the State of Minas Gerais issued a similar demand in relation to last night's Brazil vs Germany game at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.
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