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    A series of videos show Brazilian fans insulting women at this year's World Cup | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 June 2018

One is a military policemen and the other is a former Minister of Tourism, Sport and Culture in the city of Ipojuca.

Two men have been identified among a group of Brazilian men who harassed a Russian woman during the 2018 FIFE World Cup celebrations in Russia. They include Eduardo Nunes, a military policeman from the state of Santa Catarina, and Diego Valenca Jatoba, a former Minister of Tourism, Sport and Culture of the city of Ipojuca (Pernambuco).

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The video shows the group of Brazilian men encouraging the Russian woman, who doesn't understand Portuguese, to join in a chorus. What she believed to be just a team song or something of the sort, was, in fact, repeated epithetic chants of the color of a female's genital organs.

“The police force doesn't support this type of attitude, which is incompatible with the profession and decorum of this class...regardless if one is on holiday, leave or any other state of absence,” noted the Santa Catarina Military Police in an official statement. It concluded that Nunes will have to “respond for his actions” before an administrative proceeding.

Valenca Jatoba, for his part, was convicted by the Court of Auditors of Pernambuco in 2012 over financial account irregularities in the municipality where he served as Minister of Tourism, Sport and Culture.

He was also condemned in 2014 for not paying, at the current exchange rate, approximately US$10,000, in child support to his former wife, according to Pragmatismo Politico.

More videos of Brazilian football fans insulting and harassing women during this year's World Cup have surfaced. The culprits, however, have not been identified. In all cases, they encouraged women who don't understand Portuguese to repeat chants or phrases referencing sexual acts.

Colombian journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran was also assaulted on live television as she reported on the World Cup from the Russian city of Saransk.

While reporting on camera a man approached her, grabbed her breast and kissed her cheek, according to CNN.

"I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions," Gonzalez said. “When we went live this fan took advantage of the situation. But afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.”

Authorities have not identified the man.

"We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally as professional and deserving. I share the joy of football but we must identify the limits between affection and harassment," she later wrote.

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