RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Brazil’s Maracana football stadium, one of the sport’s most hallowed and raucous grounds, has some new rules of etiquette — remain seated during games and please wear a shirt.
Another bars the use of musical instruments such as drums or bamboo poles to wave flags.
The code of good conduct at South America’s largest stadium in Rio de Janeiro was devised after the home team Fluminense signed a contract to play there another 35 years, stadium officials said Thursday.
It is a common sight at Maracana to see throngs of young male fans shirtless in the steamy South American heat, standing and screaming throughout games, and occasionally fighting with each other in spats with rival team supporters or rival Fluminense fan clubs.
Now, fences will be set up to separate them this season starting later this month. The barriers will be removed when Brazil hosts the World Cup next year. During that period, football’s world governing body FIFA will essentially be in charge of the stadium