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One dead in Brazil fan violence



One man died and 12 other people were injured in Brazil in violence between rival fans, when Flamengo won the Rio de Janeiro state championship over archrivals Vasco da Gama.

Rio Police said Monday that the dead man is an 18-year-old Flamengo fan who was hit by a bullet Sunday in the Rio suburb of Campo Grande, where another fan of the same club was injured by a bullet. Both were allegedly shot from a car that carried Vasco fans.

The biggest fight involved groups of hooligans and happened in the city of Niteroi, near Rio, with nine people suffering bullet wounds.

Police said Flamengo hooligans started the fight by attacking Vasco fans who were waiting for a bus that was to take them to the Engenhao stadium for the match.

The game Sunday ended in a goalless draw, and Flamengo eventually won 3-1 in the penalty shootout.

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