December 8th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Brazil: Police fire tear gas as fierce fighting erupts in football stands

Police fired tear gas as fans of rival teams fought in the stands at a Brazilian football game Sunday.

The fighting erupted during a match in the Joinville Arena in Brazil's Santa Catalina state, interrupting the game and forcing a helicopter to land on the field to take away an injured spectator.

Images from the scene showed people in the stands throwing punches and kicks. One man wielded a metal pipe and swung it toward a fallen fan. Security forces fired tear gas into the crowd.

CNN was first alerted to the fight by tweets from Brazil.

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  1. The Prophet

    It's a cue from within with parallel relations

    December 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Oh no. Another report of unnecessary violent crackdown by police forces against the fun loving fans who were just supporting their teams. When will this brutality end ?

    December 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It was a boring Sunday afternoon in the jungle, so the Elephants decided to challenge the Ants to a game of soccer. The game was going well with the Elephants beating the Ants ten goals to nil, when the Ants gained possession.
    The Ants' star player was dribbling the ball towards the Elephants' goal when the Elephants' left back came lumbering towards him. The elephant trod on the little ant, killing him instantly.

    The referee stopped the game. "What the hell do you think you're doing? Do you call that sportsmanship, killing another player?"

    The elephant replied, "Well, I didn't mean to kill him – I was just trying to trip him up."

    December 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Why thank you banasy. I'm quite pleased with my collection. How are you all doing with the weather up there ? We had a nice sunny 70 degree day. I was out on the back deck firing up the grill and I had had a yard full of robins. That was strange . Never in 38 years down here have I seen a robin in December. Must be getting a late start on their southerly migration.

      December 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Ben and Bill are lumberjacks. One fateful day, Ben accidently chopped off his arm. So Bill put the arm in a plastic bag. He took it to the hospital and says that it will take 6 hours to repair it. So Bill left for six hours and came back. The doctor said he finished up early and that Ben is at the bar. So Bill went to the bar and found Ben throwing darts with the reattached arm. A few weeks later Ben had nasty accident and chopped off his leg. So Bill put it in a plastic bag and took it to the hospital and the docter said it would take 8 hours to fix. So Bill waited 8 hours and then came to the hospital, and the doctor said the he finished up early and is at the soccer field. So Bill went to the soccer field to find Ben playing a grand game of soccer. The next month Ben had a deadly accident and chopped off his head, so Bill put it in a plastic bag and took it to the hospital. The doctor said the surgery would be pretty hard and he should wait 12 hours. Bill came back to the hospital in 12 hours. The doctor said that the surgery failed and Ben is dead. Bill asked the docter if the surgery was too hard. The doctor said no, and explained that the surgery went fine but Bens head suffocated in the plastic bag it was put in.

    December 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    You know, folks in this gang are always saying they don't like wars...even Popes say that, "war no more."
    OK, but you have to admit, if there's anything worth going to war over, it's a football game.

    December 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |