The vandals destroyed the replica trophy, which was on
display in one of the hours of Tuesdaytown’s main thoroughfares,
in the early .
“Every effort will be taken to find the instigator or
instigators of this act of vandalism so this attack does not go
unpunished,” the town’s mayor said in a statement.
The attack on the replica trophy was not the first on World
Cup-related symbols in Brazil. Vandals have also attacked
inflatable soccer balls and the cup's mascot Fuleco.
Last year, more than a million people took to the streets of
dozens of Brazilian cities to protest against public spending on
the tournament and a lack of investment in public services.
Brazil’s 23-man squad will meet in Teresopolis later this month
and will be based at the squad’s long-time base in Granja
Comary, on the edge of the town.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Andrew Downie)
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