Report: World Cup fan stabbed at viewing party in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO —

A World Cup soccer fan watching a match at the FIFA Fan Fest viewing area on Copacabana beach has been stabbed in the leg during an attempted robbery.

The O Globo newspaper reports on its website that Claudia Costa was attacked Saturday by a group that has carried out such assaults of Cup fans.

She tells the newspaper that a group of boys tried to take her purse. She screamed for help and one of the boys stabbed her with a box-cutter.

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Costa was taken to a hospital and received nine stitches before being released.

Police say they have no report of the case – and that police don’t patrol inside the Fan Fest organized by the city government.

Rio’s mayor’s office didn’t immediately reply to an email requesting information.

Earlier on Saturday, a report surfaced that an England fan had his ear bitten off by another after the national side’s World Cup game against Uruguay. The man was left with half his left ear ripped off and bloodied in the incident, the Association of Chief Police Officers confirmed.

The incident happened before Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned from the competition for biting an Italian player but details of the attack have only just emerged.