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Rio stadium closed to public after football fan's death

IANS logoIANS 11-07-2017

The CBF affirmed this on Monday following 27-year-old Davi Rocha Lopes's death. Lopes was gunned down following Vasco's 0-1 defeat to Flamengo at the Sao Januario stadium in Brazil's Serie A championship on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Three other people were taken to hospital after the clashes involving rival fans and police, two suffering from gunshot wounds, according to authorities.

"The CBF has taken the step of prohibiting games with the presence of fans at the Sao Januario stadium until further notice," the organisation said in a statement.

Fan violence has long tormented Brazilian football, particularly in the country's two biggest cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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