Fans protest team’s possible relegation in Brazil

Fans of Brazilian club Portuguesa closed a major avenue in Sao

Paulo to protest against the team’s possible relegation in the

Brazilian league because of an off-the-field problem.

Brazil’s sports tribunal will rule on Monday whether Portuguesa

should be docked four points for using a suspended player in the

final round last Sunday. The club says it didn’t know the player

was suspended, alleging a communication problem with its own

lawyer.

If Portuguesa loses the points, traditional Rio de Janeiro club

Fluminense, which was relegated on the field, will stay in the top

flight. Fluminense was the Brazilian champion last year and in

2010.

Brazilian media said about 300 fans showed up for the protest,

including supporters of other teams. They chanted and carried

banners calling for ”justice” in Brazilian football.