Sport Club do Recife ask fans' mums to become stewards in bid to stop violence at home games

Brazilian club have trained around 30 mothers, according to the club website

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Brazilian club Sport Club do Recife have attempted to end supporter violence at the club's home games in the most peculiar way - by employing fans' mums to act as stewards.

Around 30 mothers have been trained by the club and made their 'debut' in the derby against Nautico, patrolling the pitch in high-visibility vests bearing the words Seguranca Mae - Security mums.

"The idea was to make the most fanatical supporters aware and help in some way to bring peace to stadiums," Aricio Fortes, vice-president of Ogilvy, the PR company that came up with the idea, told the club website.

"At the end of the day, no one wants to fight in front of a mother, especially his own."

Their presence was highlighted on big screens before and during the game in an attempt to make fans aware of their presence - the strategy appeared to be highly successful with no arrests made after a 1-0 Sport win.

Additional reporting from Reuters