Brazil: 2 Argentines questioned about racial slurs

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 5:04 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Argentine soccer fans are being investigated by Rio de Janeiro police for allegedly shouting racist slurs at Brazilians who were rooting for Bosnia-Herzegovina in its World Cup match against Argentina.

A police statement confirms the incident happened Sunday inside Maracana stadium but declines to disclose the identities of the two Argentines. It says they were released after being questioned.

The newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo says the incident involved two people who shouted "little monkeys" at a group of Brazilians who were cheering for Bosnia after its second-half goal.

Brazilian organizers are using the World Cup to draw attention to the country's racial diversity and President Dilma Rousseff has called on foreign visitors to help promote a tournament free of racism and prejudice.

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