Wave of violence threatens clubs in Rio de Janeiro

17:51, November 25, 2010      

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Soccer teams throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro demonstrated their fears on Wednesday that the recent wave of violence will negatively affect their attempts of attracting new talent.

Since Monday, more than 16 automobiles were lit on fire while 21 people have died as a result of the armed conflict between police and drug traffickers.

Due to the violence near Botafogo’s training center, athletes rushed to their homes in order to escape the intensity of the armed conflict within the city.

Additionally, the president of the Fluminense athletic club, Roberto Horcades, claimed that the violence is unattractive for free agents, making it difficult to bring in new players for the 2011 season.

Horcades added that Fluminense is in need of a host of reinforcements for the next year, but that with the latest confusion in the city, players are not necessarily willing to live with such conditions.

Botafogo’s team captain, Lucio Flavio, stated the violence in Rio de Janeiro stains the image of the city. He added that players think twice about playing for a team in Rio, believing that they will have to deal with violence on a daily basis.

The athlete continued to say that the situation is unbearable and that with events such as the Military Games, the Confederations Cup, the World Cup and the Olympic Games, things need to change drastically.

Source: Xinhua


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