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04 October 2012 09:02
British football fans have a rough time in Brazil recently
Police had to escort a Scottish teenage football fan to safety at a Brazilian league game after her request for the shirt of an opposition player after the final whistle upset home fans.
Meanwhile, another Scottish tourist at a different match had to cover up his Celtic shirt because it matched colours of a rival team. Luckily neither incident will have affected their
travel insurance, although they are an example the dangers of travelling abroad and the importance of being insured.
Young Brazilian football star Lucas tried to give his Sao Paulo shirt to the Scottish girl, but said he "witnessed a lamentable scene" among opposing Coritiba fans on Sunday as they "tried to attack the girl and her father" because of her request. Corinthians' rivals Palmeiras have the same green and white colours as Celtic, which is why fans of the former club threatened the other Scottish tourist in Sao Paulo, forcing him to cover it up.
Lucas, an extremely popular player in Brazil, said the girl he tried to give his shirt had been shouting his name and supporting him throughout the match at Curitba's Couto Pereira stadium, but fans were then shown in television pictures shouting, threatening and pointing fingers as police officers escorted the girl and her father away.
"I was very scared at the time, a lot of people gathered around them and forced her to give the jersey back," he said, adding later on Twitter: "I know I was a bit naive, but I never thought that the other fans would have had that attitude, especially with a girl. It was really very sad."
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