FIFA, soccer’s governing body, calls fan violence in Brazil ‘very sad’

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The match, which earned Atletico Paranaense a place in next year’s Copa Libertadores and led to Vasco da Gama’s relegation, was played in Joinville instead of Atletico’s base in Curitiba because the club had already been punished for fan violence earlier this year.

Several other cases of fan violence have hit the World Cup host country in recent months, with champion Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama, Corinthians and Palmeiras all losing home games because of confrontations inside and outside stadiums. Cruzeiro’s title celebrations a few weeks ago had to be canceled because of fan fighting on the streets of Belo Horizonte.

“We need to do something about this or it will never stop,” Atletico Paranaense defender Luiz Alberto said. “This is a World Cup country. Things need to change.”

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