Palmeiras fans attack player outside stadium

A group of fans upset with Palmeiras’ poor results attacked one

of its players outside the team’s stadium, according to Brazilian

authorities.

Brazilian police said fans of one of the team’s organized fan

groups punched and kicked reserve midfielder Joao Vitor after he

was recognized arriving at the team’s official store outside the

Palestra Italia stadium on Tuesday.

Joao Vitor sustained minor injuries and had to visit hospital

briefly.

Palmeiras lawyer Andre Sica told local television the fans

confronted Joao Vitor over the team’s recent results and the verbal

altercation escalated into a physical confrontation. The

22-year-old player was with friends, who also got involved in the

fight before police intervened with no arrests made.

Joao Vitor, who regularly comes off the substitutes bench, was

not originally scheduled to travel with Palmeiras for Wednesday’s

game at Flamengo because of an injury.

Organized fan groups in Brazil are known for being violent and

are often involved in confrontations with police and rival

groups.

Palmeiras players and fans have a history of getting into

disputes as former Brazil striker Vagner Love left the club after

receiving threats.

Eight-time Brazilian champion Palmeiras, led by World

Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, is ninth in the league

standings after winning only one of its last nine matches to trail

leader Corinthians by 11 points.