Campeonato Gaúcho postponed after 245 die in Santa Maria nightclub tragedy
The Gaucho Football Federation have postponed the third round of championship matches following a fire in a Santa Maria nightclub that killed at least 245 people.
The organisation has said that the new dates for the cancelled matches would be announced early next week, with both of the region's major sides, Grêmio and Internacional, sharing their condolences.
Reports suggest the fire was caused by fireworks let off by a band performing in the club, with estimates from the local media indicating as many as 500 people were in the place at the time.
Firefighters have confirmed that victims died of smoke inhalation or were crushed to death, while reports say that sound proofing in the building caught fire, leading to toxic smoke quickly filling the club.
The list of fixtures to be rearranged are as follows:
Caxias vs Internacional
Cruzeiro vs Esportivo
Lajeadense vs São Jose
Pelotas vs São Luiz
Ceramica vs Canoas
Grêmio vs Santa Cruz
Passo Fundo vs Veranopolis
Source: Football Italia