World Cup 2014: Argentinian football fan shot in brawl

Brazilian authorities fear Argentina's football fans could cause trouble as their national team advances to the next round

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An Argentinian citizen was shot in the leg in a World Cup brawl on Wednesday, adding to security concerns as Brazil cracks down on Argentina's hooligans.

An Argentinian news agency, Telma, reported 35-year old Gonzalo Nunez was shot in the leg in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre during a heated argument as a group of men quarreled over rival football clubs, throwing beer bottles and trading insults. He was rushed to hospital and is recovering from a minor injury.

Brazilian authorities have stopped more than 30 Argentinian fans with a record of hooliganism from entering the country in an effort to prevent violent incidents. In addition, two ultras have been notified they must leave the country within 72 hours.

Overall, more than 100,000 Argentine fans have arrived in Brazil to watch their national football team play in the World Cup, which could see Argentina and Brazil clash in the final on 13 July.

Yesterday, Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 thanks to another wonderful performance from Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who scored twice, meaning they topped Group F and advanced to the next round.