FIFA shed light on laser incident
A laser pen was shone towards the pitch during yesterday's match between Argentina and Nigeria.
A green beam was targeted towards the pitch, although FIFA claim this only happened on one occasion. The perpetrator was thought to have been ejected, but FIFA have now clarified that no-one was thrown out of the stadium but that the incident was an isolated one and the matter was discussed at the post-match debrief meeting.
A statement from FIFA issued to Press Association Sport read: "We noticed this incident once and immediately asked the stadium security to look into the matter.
"According to the information that we have at this time, the incident only occurred once. Also at the time of writing, we have not received any comment from any of the teams."
FIFA are satisfied that the incident was dealt with swiftly and are not conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It is not the first time a laser pen has been used at a high-profile match, with Cristiano Ronaldo being targeted during a game for Manchester United against Lyon in the Champions League in February 2008.
The incident raises questions over whether security at the stadium perimeters is tight enough, but Nicolas Maingot, the head of FIFA's media department, added: "I don't have reports that the security perimeters are not working. Security perimeters are essential for any big competition and are important for the smooth process of security. That is functioning well."
On the incident itself, he said: "The laser was stopped immediately, it was used once during the game and we didn't see it any longer. We informed the relevant people in charge at the game and it was very quickly stopped."