The Buenos Aires city government announced on Monday that 6,000 Argentines will not be permitted to enter World Cup stadiums in Qatar, including violent fans involved in illegal associations and even those in debt for food dues.
The city’s Justice and Security Minister Marcelo D’Alessandro stated in an interview with a local radio station that “the violent ones are here and in Qatar. We want to bring peace back to football and that the violent ones are outside the stadiums.”
They were listed because they belonged to the barras (violent fans), engaged in violent behaviour, were involved in illegal organisations like “trapitos” (banned street businesses), and owed maintenance (from separated parents), he continued.
The official explained that “as always in the World Cups, delegations of different police bodies (of the country) will be sent to work together with the Qatari security authorities” to carry out the controls in Qatar.
To stop Argentina’s violent fans, known as hooligans, from attending the World Cup, the national security ministry and the Qatari embassy signed a cooperation agreement in June.
D’Alessandro claimed that 3,000 of the 6,000 Argentines barred from entering stadiums are “barrabravas,” who are prohibited from attending local league games.