Tribunal denies Vasco’s request to annul match

Brazil’s sports tribunal has denied Vasco da Gama’s request to

annul the match marked by fan violence in the final round of the

Brazilian league.

Vasco was relegated after losing 5-1 to Atletico Paranaense last

Sunday. The team asked the tribunal to invalidate the match because

the referee did not follow regulations when he waited 73 minutes to

restart the game after a brawl in the stands. Tournament

regulations say the maximum time is 60 minutes.

Vasco, which can still appeal, said it wasn’t safe to keep

playing after the fan fighting left four people seriously

injured.

It is the second time in five years the four-time national

champions have been relegated to the second division.