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
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
It is the second time in five years the four-time national
champions have been relegated to the second division.