Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Soccer Fans Throwing Projectiles At Brazilian Soccer Team -- They Are Protesters Angry At Brazilian Ex-President

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Soccer Fans Throwing Projectiles At Brazilian Soccer Team -- They Are Protesters Angry At Brazilian Ex-President Not World Cup

Did Brazilian soccer fans throw projectiles at the Brazilian soccer team coming home from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? No, that's not true: The video on which this claim is based dates from 2018, and shows protesters throwing projectiles at a bus that they believed was part of the 2018 presidential campaign of former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The claim appeared on Facebook on December 12, 2022. The caption read:

Brazilian national team being received back home upon arrival from Qatar

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of the writing of this fact check:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Dec 15 15:31:05 2022 UTC)

A reverse image search of one frame in this video led Lead Stories to a Brazilian news website. The March 2018 article, translated from Portuguese to English using Google Translate, is titled, "See protesters' reaction to egg rain from inside Lula's caravan buses." (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is commonly known as "Lula.") The article included a video taken from inside this bus during the egg-throwing.

The Sydney Morning Herald published a March 2018 article by Eduardo Simoes about gunshots being fired at Lula's campaign buses. In that article, Simoes wrote:

His buses have already been pelted with eggs and stones along the campaign trail.

Additional Lead Stories fact checks about Brazil can be found here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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