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Campeonato Gaúcho: Sunday's games postponed after tragedy in Santa Maria nightclub

This Sunday's fixtures in the Gaúcho championship have been officially postponed following the tragic events in Santa Maria that have seen at least 245 people lose their lives in a nightclub fire.

The statement was issued by the state football federation on their official website, once the scale of the tragedy began to emerge. A new date for the fixtures will be announced in due course.

Both of the region's major sides had been due to play on Sunday, with Grêmio set to face Santa Cruz at the Olímpico and Internacional due to take on Caxias at the Centenário.

The fire, believed to have been started by fireworks, claimed many lives on Saturday night as thick smoke enveloped the venue and people clambered for the few available exits.

The story, which has been developing throughout the day, has captured major attention worldwide due to the scale of the devastating incident.

More on the events in Santa Maria can be found here via BBC.

Source: Lancenet


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