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Violence-marred match hurts Brazil football image

Updated: December 13, 2012, 5:29 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian authorities on Thursday began investigations into allegations that security personnel beat members of a visiting Argentine football club at the halftime of the Copa Sudamericana.

South American football officials described it as the most serious incident in decades in the country that will host the 2014 World Cup -- raising fears about Brazil's ability to secure the event and putting a blemish on the country's reputation just months before the Confederations Cup.

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