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Corinthians fans involved in violence

Corinthians supporters were detained after the death of Bolivian Kevin Beltran.
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SAO PAULO (AP)

SAO PAU-LOW!

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Two Corinthians fans recently released after nearly five months detained in Bolivia after the death of a 14-year-old boy during a Copa Libertadores match have been involved in fan violence over the weekend in Brazil.

The Estado de S. Paulo newspaper showed pictures of the men involved in a fight between supporters of Corinthians and Vasco da Gama during a match Sunday in Brasilia, prompting local authorities to sanction the supporters group.

The public safety department in the federal district announced Wednesday that it had banned the Gavioes da Fiel fan group from the Brasilia stadium for the next two years. The Independente group, linked to Corinthians' rival club Sao Paulo, also was banned after violence at the stadium a week ago. The groups are not allowed to get to within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of the venue.

The two men involved in the weekend violence had been among the 12 supporters who were detained in Bolivia after a flare allegedly thrown by Corinthians fans killed Kevin Beltran Espada in February.

The men were released after Bolivian authorities decided there was not enough evidence to convict them.


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