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Clubs face big fines

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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 Monday.

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), yesterday 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 firing accusations at each other yesterday.