A match between Atletico Paranaense and relegation threatened Vasco da Gama on the final day of the Brasileiro season took an all too familiar descent into horrific violence that left at least three fans seriously injured. For Paranaense, a win meant a place in the Copa Libertadores and for Vasco, a loss meant relegation from the Brazilian first division. Just six minutes into the match, which was being played at a neutral ground due to previous clashes between these sides, Paranaense opened the scoring. In the 17th minute, large groups of fans were unimpeded from mercilessly beating each other.
The match was halted as players watched and pleaded with the fans to stop. TV cameras caught a group of people stomping on an unconscious man's body while another lifeless man was laid facedown across several rows of benches. One fan used a steel pipe with a screw jutting out of one end to beat people. Riot police finally moved in with shotguns that fired rubber bullets and separated the twoRead More »from Severely injured fan airlifted from sickening violence during Brazilian league match