What They're Saying

"Soccer players are not bandits and are not to be kicked and punched. This has to stop. The player was wrong, he will be punished and suspended. What is not acceptable is for him to have pepper [spray] in his face or be prodded in the back with a truncheon."

-- Botafogo president Bebeto de Freitas, saying riot police overreacted after defender Andre Luis responded angrily to being red-carded. It was the latest incident of Brazilian police being criticized for their eagerness to intervene in incidents on the field. (Reuters)

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