Another football fan shot dead in Brazil
A football fan was killed in a weekend fight between rival
groups in central Brazil, the fourth fatality resulting from fan
violence in less than a month.
Authorities on Sunday said 23-year-old Diego Rodrigo Costa de
Jesus died after being shot in the back during a confrontation
between supporters from Goias and Vila Nova in the central city of
Goiania on Saturday.
Two Palmeiras fans were killed last week in a fight at Sao
Paulo, and a Guarani supporter died about two weeks ago about 100
A series of incidents related to fan fighting at the beginning
of 2012 had already raised concerns with Brazil hosting the 2014
World Cup. Fan violence had appeared to be mostly under control in
the past few years but the recent surge has authorities scrambling
to find solutions for the change.
Police in Rio detained 60 Botafogo fans who reportedly were
waiting for buses carrying rival Fluminense fans near the Engenhao
stadium, where the teams played on Sunday. The group, including
about 10 minors, were carrying rocks and pieces of wood, according
to police. The fan group was not allowed to enter the Engenhao.
In southern Brazil, a few supporters from Gremio and Pelotas
invaded the field after the match and confronted each other and
police, but no serious injuries were reported.
Sunday’s death occurred in the same city where four Goias fans
were wounded by gunshots in January. De Jesus was also a Goias
Authorities said Saturday’s fight began when the rival groups
ran into each other at a public park in Goiania. A Vila Nova fan
reportedly was armed and started shooting, and de Jesus was hit
while trying to run away. Police said de Jesus had a disability in
one of his legs and was not able to flee with his colleagues.
Authorities detained seven people accused of participating in
the fight on Saturday evening, but it wasn’t clear if the suspected
shooter was among those in custody.
Last Tuesday, 19-year-old Palmeiras supporter Guilherme Vinicius
Jovanelli Moreira was declared brain dead after injuries sustained
in a fight involving nearly 500 people just before a match between
Palmeiras and Corinthians on March 25.
A day earlier, 21-year-old Palmeiras fan Andre Alves was buried
after dying from a shot in the head in the same confrontation,
which also left a 23-year-old shot in the hip a 17-year-old
hospitalized with head injuries.
Police closed the headquarters of fan groups from Corinthians
and Palmeiras and detained a few people suspected in participating
in the fight. The fan groups also were prohibited from attending
There hadn’t been a death linked to fan violence in Brazil since
early last year, when a Corinthians supporter was killed after
reportedly being ambushed by Palmeiras fans. Police believe last
weekend’s fight came in retaliation for that death.
About two weeks ago, a 28-year-old fan of small club Guarani
died from head injuries after fighting with Ponte Preta supporters
in the city of Campinas.
Fan groups from the top Sao Paulo state clubs – Palmeiras,
Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Santos – have been involved in several
incidents before matches this year, but there have been recent
problems in other parts of the country too.
In addition to the four Goias fans wounded in a shooting in
January, other four were shot after a fight that left 80 people
detained in Rio de Janeiro late last year, and there were also
confrontations between rival groups in the northeastern state of
Another death related to fan violence in Brazil occurred in
November 2010, when a 19-year-old Cruzeiro fan was repeatedly
beaten with iron bars during a brawl between dozens of rival fans
in Belo Horizonte.
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