I know Brazilians take their soccer very seriously, but this is ridiculous.
This past weekend, a youth match between Bahia and Vitoria was called
off and riot police had to be called in after a brawl broke out. And
no, the brawl wasn’t in the stands between crazy parents, or between the coaches, or the coaches and the refs, or anything like that. The brawl was between the players—all of whom were under the age of 13.
According to reports, it all started with a Vitoria forward goading
the Bahia goalie and two members of the back. Then, when the goalie gave
the kid a not-so-vicious punch to the back of his shoulder, he
turned, grabbed his neck, and fell dramatically to the ground, much like
you would expect any soccer player to do.
That’s when all hell broke loose. Players on both teams were running
all over the field, kicking and punching each other. Eventually,
according to Brazilian media, police broke up the melee.
Here’s video of the brutal scene from a local news report. I don’t
speak Portuguese, so I have no idea what the anchors are saying about
it, but I assume it’s something along the lines of, “what the everliving
f— is going on?”
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