Fans remain in custody following crowd violence in Brazil
Three Vasco da Gama supporters that were involved in crowd violence that marred the final game of the season against Atlético Paranaense in Joinville, Santa Catarina, have been refused bail.
Arthur Barcelos Lima Ferreira, Jonathan Fernandes dos Santos and Leone Mendes da Silva were all involved in the clashes which occurred on 8 December. They are to be remanded in custody on various charges including attempted murder, property damage and criminal association.
Judge Karen Francis Schubert Reimer said that continued detention was necessary in the interests of public order and to prevent any continuation of this kind of violence. The magistrate classified the crimes as heinous and as that which demonstrated extreme violence towards other people.
The three fans in question were captured by images assaulting fans of Atlético. The confrontation left a total of four fans hospitalised, one of whom suffered a fractured skull and was only discharged five days later.
A second investigation being run by the Santa Catarina Civil Police is looking into the stadium’s security which many claim was both inadequate and too slow to respond once violence flared. It also hopes to identify approximately 40 other fans involved in the confrontation.
Brazil's Superior Court of Sporting Justice has already ordered the two teams to play a total of 20 games away from their home cities of Curitiba (Atlético) and Rio de Janeiro (Vasco).