Vasco supporters protest against Nissan
Unhappy with the decision of Nissan to terminate their contract with Vasco due to recent crowd violence, a small group of vascaínos have been protesting outside a dealership in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais.
“This peaceful protest is against Nissan’s cowardice in blaming Vasco for the violence that occurred in the stadium,” said Luiz Carlos Candido Rodrigues.
“When somebody commits a traffic offence whilst driving a Nissan, is it the fault of the manufacturer? We are protesting in the hope that other vascaínos will do the same as us throughout Brazil,” continued the supporter.
In a statement released on Monday, Nissan informed the Rio club that they would no longer honour the contract due to the violence that occurred in the match against Atlético Paranaense in Joinville, Santa Catarina, on the final day of the Brasileirão season. The match had to be halted for an hour as fans from both sets of supporters clashed in the stands, leaving four people hospitalised.
Vasco initially threatened legal action against the car manufacturer but Nissan have stated their desire for a more amicable compromise. Discussions between lawyers from both parties are expected to begin in the coming days.
The club has already received the first sponsorship payment of R$ 7 million. The initial contract involves a further three payments but it now looks likely that these transactions will not take place.