Brazilian league match halted by fan violence

Dec. 8, 2013 SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian league soccer match was stopped by fan violence in the stands, police fired rubber bullets and an injured man was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital on Sunday.

A doctor says two other fans were hospitalized in serious condition and one was treated for a minor injury at the stadium in the southern city of Joinville.

Supporters from Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama fought before police intervened. Groups of fans punched and kicked each other several times and police fired rubber bullets to contain the situation.

The match restarted after a delay of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Atletico Paranaense is trying to secure a spot in next year's Copa Libertadores and Vasco da Gama, a four-time Brazilian champion, is trying to avoid relegation.

Fan violence has been rampant in Brazil this year, raising concerns ahead of the World Cup.


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