Chile supporters planning protest

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

There might be some trepidation on the part of Team Chile when its bus pulls up to the National Soccer Stadium today.

You know -- it's all about that "returning to the scene of the crime" thing.

While public debate continues to rage in both Canada and Chile as to whether the Chilean players or the Toronto police should be blamed for Thursday's ugly fracas on the stadium grounds, the South Americans will attempt to salvage their tournament with a win over Austria in the third-place game.

"Even in the worst moment (on Thursday), I said in our room that we must be prepared to play football (today)," Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of FIFA's Chilean delegation, said. "They will do their best to play (today)."

All the while, their embittered fans hope to let the world know just how angry they are.

According to a Chilean journalist at the team hotel last night, plans are in the works for Chile supporters to hold a protest today at the Princes Gates, a mere corner kick away from the stadium.

During the bronze-medal tilt, placards will be held up with slogans like "Chileans have rights, too!" After the game, they are looking to put green garbage bags over seats, which would cause workers to hastily clean up the joint in time for the Argentina-Czech Republic game at 3:15.

Whether they can pull it off remains to be seen, given that FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association have stressed that security will be tight.


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