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
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
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
Palmeiras players and fans have a history of getting into
disputes as former Brazil striker Vagner Love left the club after
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.