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England Fans Attacked By Brazilian Hooligans In São Paulo

19/06/2014 19:00 BST | Updated 19/06/2014 19:59 BST

England fans were attacked by a Brazilian mob in São Paulo on the eve of their World Cup clash with Uruguay on Thursday afternoon.

Globo reported that a hooded group attacked supporters near the Fifa Fan Fest in the downtown district of Anhangabaú Valley on Thursday afternoon.

According to reports, a firecracker was thrown at the English contingent before Military Police intervened. Fifteen people were arrested after the melee.

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The majority of England fans have been enjoying the build-up to the Uruguay game

Military police said: "A bomb was thrown against England fans who were at the Guanabara Bar and Fruit Planet snack bar."

One eye-witness said: "The guys jumped on a bus to try to escape, and then the police went after them."

Afterwards the attack police seized six rockets, a knuckle-duster, a dagger and other fireworks.

The British Consulate are aware of an incident, but said they are not aware of any casualties.

A statement read: "We are aware of an incident affecting fans around the area of the Fan Festival in São Paulo.

"We are working with the local authorities to establish the facts. No British nationals are believed to have been injured."