Monday, December 9, 2013
A Brazilian league match between Atlético Paranaense and Vasco da Gama was stopped for more than an hour on Sunday after fans started fighting in the stands and a helicopter had to land on the pitch to airlift a seriously injured man to hospital.
Fan violence has been rampant in Brazil this year, raising concerns for the World Cup finals in June. "This is deplorable," said the Vasco coach, Adilson Batista. "It's sad to see images like these just before the World Cup in our country. I'm shocked. This is not sport."
A doctor said two other fans were in serious condition and one was treated for a minor injury at the stadium in the southern city of Joinville.
Supporters from Paranaense and Vasco charged each other until police arrived and fired rubber bullets. Television images showed players yelling at the fans and telling them to calm down. Some players put their hands on their heads as they watched the fight. A few fans tried to leave the stands to find safety, including a young woman. A ball girl was shown crying.
"We tried to tell the fans to stop because things would only get worse. We looked at the stands and there were no cops. There was nobody there to stop the fighting," said the Paranaense defender Luiz Alberto, who was shown crying profusely as the altercation was taking place. "I'm playing for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this in person. We will have a World Cup in our country and we know these images will be shown everywhere."
LiveLeak.com - Fans seriously injured after violence halts Brazilian league match (different footage)