Brazilian team wants to annul game marked by fight

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Later Tuesday, public prosecutors suspended an Atletico fan group for six months, but the action only keeps members from wearing the group’s shirts or carrying its flags and banners inside stadiums. Members will still be able to attend matches.

One Vasco da Gama’s fan group released a statement denying any wrongdoing and said they acted in self-defense, a similar claim made by Atletico Paranaense supporters.

Fan groups are at the root of stadium violence in Brazil, with many fights pre-arranged on the Internet. After the images of Sunday’s fight made their way across the world, the Brazilian government said it was pushing for changes that would allow for stricter punishment of violent fans. Only three of the hundreds of fans fighting on Sunday were detained.


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