Brazilian soccer match erupts in violence

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SANTA CATALINA, BRAZIL – It was a butt-kicking soccer game in Brazil over the weekend, but unfortunately, most of the action was not on the field.

Police had to shoot tear gas and rubber bullets into the stands at Arena Joinville in Santa Catalina, when pandemonium broke out less than 20 minutes into a game between key rivals.

The crowd rooting for the home team, Vacso, did not handle the opposition scoring very well. That’s when intense fighting broke out.

Three people were critically injured, and a helicopter had to land on the field to take them away (one person was reported to be in a coma).

The game continued more than an hour later.

Vasco ended up losing 5-1 to Atletico Paranaense.