Fan killed by toilet bowl thrown from stadium stands in Brazil | inside World Soccer

A Brazilian fan was killed after a toilet bowl was thrown at him from above during violent clashes in the northeastern World Cup host city of Recife.

The wrapped body of a fan who was killed in clashes between fans is seen lying on a street
The wrapped body of a fan who was killed in clashes between fans is seen lying on a street

Photo: REUTERS/Guga Matos/JC Imagem

The shocking incident occurred outside of Estádio do Arruda on Friday night after a second-division match between Santa Cruz and Parana.

Angry fans reportedly ripped three toilet bowls out of stadium bathrooms and threw them from the stands.

One of them struck a fan identified as 26-year-old Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva, killing him instantly.

"In front of Gate Six there was a big fight that resulted in the death of the fan," police captain Wilson Queiroz told globoesporte.

"The toilet was thrown from the stands and hit him full on.

"The victim was with someone at the time but everyone fled the scene after the incident."

The Brazilian football association decided on Saturday to ban matches in the stadium until authorities finish their investigation and a sports tribunal makes a ruling on the case.

The incident comes six weeks before Brazil hosts the World Cup. Five tournament games will be played in Recife, although none at the Arruda.


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