To watch the America’s Cup final, which saw Messi’s Argentina triumph, the city and health authorities of Rio gave the go-ahead for spectators to enter up to 10 percent of the stadium’s maximum capacity, or 7.800 people. Very few compared to the number of fans who would have liked to attend the highly anticipated match at the Maracana. Thus a real ticket hunt was unleashed and dozens of people with false vaccination certificates were identified near the stadium, a document necessary to access the structure together with the ticket, in compliance with the measures against Coronavirus.
America’s Cup, what happened at the Maracana
The alarm was given by Laborlife, a laboratory that carried out most of the tests for Argentine fans. «We have seized a considerable amount of fake vaccination certificates – Conmebol said – from both Argentine and Brazilian fans. Obviously these people will not be able to enter the stadium ». Some detainees have stated that the fake vaccination certificates are purchasable at 150 reals, ovvero to 25 euro.
There are also fake tampons
In addition to these, numerous false (negative) swab reports were also reported which would never have been carried out. Meanwhile at the Maracana many have tried to enter, creating gatherings at the gates of the plant. The crowd ended with the invasion of the entrance reserved for the thousands of fans invited by the authorities and sponsors.
Cover photo: ANSA / DANIEL DAL ZENNARO