Soccer-Nearly 200 Ghana World Cup fans seek asylum in Brazil

SAO PAULO, July 10 Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:23pm EDT

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SAO PAULO, July 10 (Reuters) - Nearly 200 Ghana fans at the World Cup have requested asylum in a southern Brazilian city over the past week and officials see the count rising sharply, according to a state news agency.

Federal police in Caxias do Sul told Agencia Brasil on Thursday they expect more than 1,000 fans from Ghana to request asylum after entering the country on tourist visas to attend the month-long soccer tournament.

Ghana played matches in the capital Brasilia and the northeastern cities Natal and Fortaleza before their elimination in the first phase of the World Cup. Job prospects have drawn previous waves of African immigrants to southern Brazil. (Reporting by Brad Haynes. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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