SAO PAULO — A Palmeiras fan has been hospitalized in a serious condition after being attacked by Santos supporters following the teams’ match in the final of the Sao Paulo state championship at the weekend.
Authorities said Tuesday the 25-year-old fan is in an intensive care unit because of the injuries sustained after Palmeiras defeated Santos 1-0 in the first leg of the state final on Sunday.
Claudio Morais is believed to be a member of one of Palmeiras’ biggest fan groups, but he was with a group of friends far from the team’s Allianz Parque when he ran into the rival supporters. Morais reportedly was wearing the fan group’s jersey at the time of the attack.
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Cases of fan violence are common in Brazil and usually are linked to fan groups.