Incidents of ticket theft in Porto Alegre reveal desperation in trying to get World Cup tickets

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RIO DE JANEIRO — As World Cup games become more and more important the lack of tickets available to see them is creating dangerous circumstances.

Prior to the Argentina-Nigeria match in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, several Argentinian fans were arrested after stealing tickets from other patrons.

One fan, Alfredo Santos, said he was walking a few meters from the police barrier when a group of wild Argentina fans approached him screaming and jumping up and down. Apparently that was just a diversion to get the man into the melee and ultimately take his money and steal his tickets.

“They came closer, began singing and jumping,” Santos told “When I tried to protect myself from all the pushing, they grabbed my tickets.”

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