Watch moment raging Botafogo fans storm training ground and confront players in treatment room as police called

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FURIOUS Botafogo fans invaded the club’s training centre in Rio de Janeiro to protest against the club’s poor run of form.

Some even made it into the treatment room, where they confronted players laid up on benches.

When people talk to me about "pressure"… when was the last time a fan recriminated a player while he was getting treatment. Well, that happened at @botafogo pic.twitter.com/vH8Pu5GAF5

— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) June 15, 2022
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Players were left stunned when furious fans stormed the training centre[/caption]

Local police were called to the Espaco Lonier facility in the west side of the city.

Images posted by organised supporter groups on social media showed people storming into the club’s medical offices and remonstrating with several players and officials.

South American journalist Juan Arango also shared a clip of the fuming fans making their way inside the training centre.

Botafogo are yet to issue a statement and the police have not reported any arrests.

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The supporters’ anger follows a series of bad results for Botafogo, who have lost four consecutive games in Brazil’s Serie A.

They are in the relegation zone, with 12 points from 11 matches.

Botafogo supplied many of the big-name players to Brazil’s World Cup winning teams of 1958, 1962 and 1970, such as Garrincha, Jairzinho, Didi, Gerson, Mario Zagallo and Nilton Santos, after whom their stadium is named.

However, they have faced serious financial trouble and have been relegated to Brazil’s Serie B three times in the last 20 years.

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In January Botafogo’s board voted to abandon their traditional model of being a social club and sold 90 per cent of their shares to US businessman John Textor.

He is also a co-owner of Premier League Crystal Palace.

Textor became somewhat of a celebrity among soccer fans following his arrival at Botafogo.

But the mood among the club’s fanbase has recently turned sour.

Botafogo fans are fuming with the club’s lowly positionhttps://twitter.com/JuanG_Arango
The fans’ actions were shared on social mediahttps://twitter.com/JuanG_Arango
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