Socceroos supporters in Porto Alegre scuffles

Socceroos fans made headlines in Porto Alegre after some were involved in scuffles with locals in the streets on the eve of Australia´s do-or-die clash with Holland.

The scuffles, which were aired on local TV news bulletins, occurred as thousands of fans poured into the streets from the FIFA Fan Fest following Brazil's disappointing  goalless draw with Mexico on Tuesday night.

There was a large and rowdy Australian presence among the Brazilian hordes, with Socceroos fans chanting and singing, while some kicked Sherrins and others drank heavily, downing bottles of spirits on the footpath.

Bag snatchers and pickpockets were also reported to be at work in the crowd but unlike other host cities, there was next to no police presence in the packed streets of the old town to control the crowds.

Sydney Morning Herald