December 11, 2013 – 11:24AM
Vasco da Gama soccer fans beat up an Atletico Paranaense fan. Photo: Reuters
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian sides Atletico PR and relegated Vasco da Gama face record fines and stadium closures after their fans were caught up in violence on Sunday.
The shocking scenes of fans kicking and punching each other on the terraces in the southern city of Joinville has provoked a storm — not least as it harms Brazil’s image six months before it hosts the World Cup.
Brazil’s Supreme Tribunal for Sporting Justice (STJD), part of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), on Tuesday confirmed it was assessing what punishment should be dished out after violence which Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the country would not tolerate.
“Given the seriousness of this case we must make a judgement now as everyone wants a response — we shall not leave it til 2014,” said STJD chairman Flavio Zveiter, adding the Tribunal would likely hold an extraordinary session on the case.
Additional controversy erupted after it emerged police were only on duty outside with private security drafted inside, a decision which had police and state government firing accusations and counter-accusations at each other Tuesday.
The STJD could hand both clubs as much as a 20-game stadium ban and a fine in the region of $US50,000 ($A55,000).
Match referee Ricardo Ribeiro faces a four-month suspension if he is found to have officiated a match “without adequate security,” Zveiter told Lance sports daily.