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VASCO DA GAMA ORDERED TO PLAY BEHIND CLOSE DOORS

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama has been ordered to play behind close doors after what happened in their game against Flamengo on Sunday.

Vasco da Gama played Flamengo at home on Sunday and lost 1-0 in front of 21,000 fans but was marred with fans disturbances which saw one fan shot dead.

The club’s president has come out to apologise but the club has been ordered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to play all their home games behind close doors.

The club president, Eurico Miranda said; “I needed to apologise on behalf of Vasco”.

“What happened here is not Vasco. Do not qualify these people as fans. They are vandals, bandits. I’m not giving an explanation, but I’m sure it’s something that was already prepared”.

Phillipe Coutinho, who was a former Vasco de Gama player was at the match as the guest of honour and was really disappointed with what happened.

The full Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) statement read: Vasco de Gama’s fans caused “serious disturbances and a show of violence”.

“Taking into account that the safety of fans is a priority, it has been decided to ban the presence of the public at Sao Januario stadium in any football match. The decision is pending a decision by the Sporting Justice which will look into last weekend’s events,” the CBF added.

Vinnicus Junior, recent Real Madrid signing needed to cover his eyes and nose to avoid the effects of the tear gas

Real Madrid’s new signing, Vinicius Junior, 16, who joined the club in a £38m but loaned back to his club Flamengo was on the pitch and needed to cover his eyes and nose to avoid the effect of tear gas.

The police said that; “Davi Rocha Lopes, 27, died in the clashes following the match in Brazil’s Serie A championship on Saturday”.

“Three other people were taken to hospital with two suffering from gunshot wounds”.

The fans disturbances began when Flamengo secured their first win at the Sao Januario stadium since 1973.

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