Corinthians fans attack Paolo Guerrero
(BDCi) — Corinthians fans attacked Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero after invading the team’s training center in protest at the Brazilian’s team recent struggles, club president Mario Gobbi.
Gobbi said the protest turned violent and fans grabbed the striker by the neck. He said other club employees were also attacked during Saturday’s confrontation after about 100 fans broke in. Nobody was seriously injured.
The training center in Sao Paulo will be used by the Iran National Team during the World Cup in the summer. The Itaquerao, Corinthians home stadium will be the host of the tournament’s opener between Brazil and Croatia.
Gobbi told Radio Jovem Pan that Guerrero, who scored the winner against Chelsea in the Club World Cup Final in 2012 was attacked.
“They tried to strangle the player who scored the most important goal in team history. We didn’t deserve this,” he said.
He said the club had already contacted police and would help authorities arrest those responsible for the attack, with security camera footage being handed over to investigators.
“This is a case for the police to handle,” he added. “Our employees don’t feel safe anymore.”
The fans cut through a wire mesh fence to try to reach Corinthians players. Local media reported that they also targeted striker Emerson Sheik and former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, the club’s most expensive signing of last year, along with coach Mano Menezes.
The fans left after a brief meeting with Menezes. They had stayed inside the training center for about two hours, Gobbi said.