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Fan shot dead, 7 others injured in Brazil football violence

Fan shot dead, 7 others injured in Brazil football violence

A Brazilian football fan has been confirmed dead after violence broke out in a game between Flamengo and Botafogo in the Brazilian league.

Diego Silva dos Santos, 28, was gunned down and another seven injured during the Rio de Janeiro derby between Flamengo and Botafogo.

Flamengo and Botafogo fans clash during Rio de Janeiro derby

Flamengo and Botafogo fans clash during Rio de Janeiro derby

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It was gathered that prior to the encounter, there were major security concerns amid a strike from some sections of the city’s police force.

A spokesperson for Rio’s Salgado Filho, hospital said: “Eight people were brought in with injuries from gunshot and knife wounds.

“One died after being shot in the chest, three are in intensive care and the other four were released late at night.”

Little police presence in Rio de Janeiro

Little police presence in Rio de Janeiro

It was reported there were “more ambulances than police” present at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.

And according to the report, violent incidents took place before kick-off and only around 50 officers were present, rather than the usual 200 expected for a match of this nature.

However, three arrests have been made and they include fans from both clubs.

Lack of police presence of streets led to chaos and death of Brazilian football fan

Lack of police presence of streets led to chaos and death of Brazilian football fan

Flamengo, nicknamed Mengao (which means Big Mengo) won the Classico2-1, but were accused posting insensitive messages on social media.

They tweeted: “Don’t try to run away, you can only be a Menago from birth: 2-1”, as they celebrated their victory.

But a furious Botafogo hit back, by replying: “It is serious that you are ignoring the violence on a day of confusion and death?

“For us, this is not football. Let’s start with peace insides the stadia.”

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