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Venezuela and Peru faced each other in a 2026 World Cup qualifier in Lima on Wednesday. The game unleashed a diplomatic row between the two countries after both Venezuelan fans and players denounced xenophobic actions from Peruvian state authorities.
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Venezuela and Peru faced each other in a 2026 World Cup qualifier in Lima on Wednesday. The game unleashed a diplomatic row between the two countries. First, Peru announced that migration officers would stand at the entrance of the stadium to check the migratory status of Venezuelans wishing to support their team in the game.
Then, the police physically assaulted some of the Venezuelan players when they tried to approach the Venezuelan fans in the stadium. Finally, the Venezuelan football federation and chancellor denounced that the players’ plane wasn’t being allowed to depart by Peruvian authorities. “It was a revengeful kidnapping”, the Venezuelan Football Federation said in a statement.
Around 1,5 million Venezuelans live in Peru nowadays, making Lima the fifth Venezuelan city in the world with the most Venezuelans – even more than Mérida, in western Venezuela. Xenophobic attitudes and attacks against the migrants have become commonplace.
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Diosdado Cabello, the poster child of hardline Chavismo, said he will take legal action against satirical media outlet El Chigüire Bipolar for a joke that says he congratulated the Peruvian police for their actions against the Venezuelan players.