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Flamengo soccer club fire in Brazil: bad luck or negligence?

Flamengo soccer club president Rodolfo Landim, right, attends a mass in honor of the 10 teenage soccer players who were killed by a fire at the Flamen...
An aerial view looks over the Flamengo soccer club training complex where an early morning fire left a number of people dead and injured in Rio de Jan...
Debris from the deadly fire at the Flamengo soccer club training complex litters the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A fire to...
A statue of a vulture, the mascot symbol of Brazil's Flamengo soccer team, is seen atop the entrance of the soccer club training complex in Rio de Jan...
Flamengo's goalkeeper wears a jersey with the name of the young goalkeeper Christian, one of the 10 teenage players killed by a fire at the Flamengo t...
Fans hold a giant photo of Gedson Santos, a teenaged soccer player who was killed in a fire at the Flamengo training center last Friday, at Maracana S...
Friends and relatives carry the coffin that contain the remains of Samuel de Souza Rosa, one of the 10 young soccer players killed in a fire at the tr...
Friends and relatives of the late Christian Esmerio Candido embrace during his burial at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. ...
Friends grieve during the burial of the young soccer player Arthur Vinicius, one of the victims of a fire at a Brazilian soccer academy, in Volta Redo...
Flamengo fan Sonia Maria Mendes cries during a mass in honor for the 10 teenage soccer players who were killed by a fire at the Flamengo training cent...

Flamengo soccer club president Rodolfo Landim, right, attends a mass in honor of the 10 teenage soccer players who were killed by a fire at the Flamen...

An aerial view looks over the Flamengo soccer club training complex where an early morning fire left a number of people dead and injured in Rio de Jan...

Debris from the deadly fire at the Flamengo soccer club training complex litters the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A fire to...

A statue of a vulture, the mascot symbol of Brazil's Flamengo soccer team, is seen atop the entrance of the soccer club training complex in Rio de Jan...

Flamengo's goalkeeper wears a jersey with the name of the young goalkeeper Christian, one of the 10 teenage players killed by a fire at the Flamengo t...

Fans hold a giant photo of Gedson Santos, a teenaged soccer player who was killed in a fire at the Flamengo training center last Friday, at Maracana S...

Friends and relatives carry the coffin that contain the remains of Samuel de Souza Rosa, one of the 10 young soccer players killed in a fire at the tr...

Friends and relatives of the late Christian Esmerio Candido embrace during his burial at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. ...

Friends grieve during the burial of the young soccer player Arthur Vinicius, one of the victims of a fire at a Brazilian soccer academy, in Volta Redo...

Flamengo fan Sonia Maria Mendes cries during a mass in honor for the 10 teenage soccer players who were killed by a fire at the Flamengo training cent...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Within hours of a fire at soccer club Flamengo's training facility that would kill 10 teenage players, the club's president called it "the worst tragedy" in the team's 123-year history.

Soccer greats around the world expressed condolences, Rio de Janeiro's mayor declared three days of mourning and the club commemorated the boys during its latest home game. Club officials repeatedly said the fire was simply a question of bad luck.

But for at least four years before the blaze, the club flouted city and code regulations at the training facility, incurred numerous fines and was the target of a lawsuit by state prosecutors related to the treatment of its academy players and their living quarters, an Associated Press review of city documents and a lawsuit has found.


Updated : 2021-01-20 15:58 GMT+08:00