The Rio Report

ITV’s studio window smashed by angry protestors in Rio

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Anti-World Cup protestors – armed with banners telling FIFA to leave Brazil – have hurled objects at TV studios by Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

ITV revealed the damage shortly after Brazil’s controversial 3-1 victory over Croatia.

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There were even some claims that host Adrian Chiles tried to calm the protests – to no avail.

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The news broke on the same day that a news producer for CNN was left injured after being hit by a stun grenade.

Protests have disrupted the build-up to the World Cup and are expected to continue throughout the tournament.

It was not the only reason why ITV had a night to forget, after its online viewing service was hit by major problems during the opening match.

Football fans complained that ITV Player went down during the game between Brazil and Croatia last night.

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Responding to a barrage of criticism on Twitter, the service said on its feed: "We're seeing unprecedented numbers of users during the game.

"We apologise for any inconvenience, we're working hard to resume normal service."

It later added: "We're so sorry for the disruption tonight. It wasn't planned and we know it came at a crucial time during the match. Apologies again."

The broadcaster came under fire during the last World Cup in 2010 when more than a million viewers missed England's opening goal at the tournament in South Africa.

Viewers were left furious when ITV1 HD switched to an advert followed by a blank screen as Steven Gerrard scored in the fourth minute against the USA.

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