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`Traitor, traitor!': Brazilian fans angry at Diego Costa

Curitiba, Brazil - A group of Brazilian fans shouted at Spain's Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa during training, calling him a"traitor".

Spain trained behind closed doors Wednesday at their World Cup headquarters in Curitiba before travelling to Salvador, where they are to play their first game of the tournament Friday against the Netherlands.

A small group of Brazilian fans went up to the top floor of nearby houses and called Costa a traitor whenever he touched the ball.

He mostly ignored them, although at one point he turned towards his critics, clearly annoyed by their presence, but said nothing.

Costa declined the chance of playing the World Cup with his native Brazil and opted for Spain, which upset many in the World Cup’s host country.

So far, Spain training had taken place without incident, with Costa being among the crowd’s favourites.


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