Two fans of São Paulo-based club Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras were shot during a confrontation between fans before the Sao Paulo derby between Palmeiras and Corinthians Paulista.
According to police, a fan was taken to hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery after being shot in the waist while the other supporter was recovering from a gun wound in the leg. It is still not clear who was responsible for the shots that were fired during a massive brawl between Palmeiras and Corinthians fans right by the 45,000-capacity Prudentao stadium in Presidente Prudente.
In a further chain of dramatic events in the Brazilian Championship, former Brazil captain and current Vasco da Gama coach Ricardo Gomes suffered a stroke during the 0-0 draw of his side with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.
Flamengo who were short-handed for the entire fifty-minute stretch after Wellington’s sending off failed to take advantage of Corinthians’ defeat and capture the lead in the table as they were prevented from doing it by Vasco da Gama.
The game came to a halt in the second half when Ricardo Gomes, 46, suffered a haemorrhagic stroke on the bench and was hospitalized.
After 19 rounds, Corinthians are in first place with 37 points, Flamengo are one point away with 36 points and Sao Paulo and Vasco share third place with 35 points.