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Fan loses hand after homemade bomb explodes in Brazil soccer stadium

Fan loses hand after homemade bomb explodes in Brazil soccer stadium

A soccer fan lost his hand after a homemade bomb thrown by rival supporters exploded at a stadium in southern Brazil.
Ivo Costa, 62, had his right hand amputated by doctors because of the injuries he sustained while watching the match between Criciuma and Avai in the Santa Catarina state championship on Sunday.
Costa, a Criciuma fan, was sitting in the grandstand when the bomb was thrown by Avai supporters from a nearby section. He picked up the bomb in an attempt to toss it away but it exploded in his hand.
"It was madness," Costa told RBS TV after undergoing a three-hour-long surgery. "I was there just trying to have some fun."
Doctors attended to Costa in the grandstand before transporting him to a hospital, where he was expected to stay for three days.
After the explosion, Criciuma fans confronted Avai supporters and police had to intervene. Other confrontations also took place outside the stadium, local media reported.
Police reportedly fired rubber bullets at some of the fans in order to control the situation.
Eight buses carrying Avai fans were held by police until everyone aboard was interrogated, but no one was immediately arrested, local media reported.
Authorities said they identified two suspects of throwing the bomb after analyzing television images but the two men were not among the buses' passengers.
Because of the incident, state authorities have temporarily banned fans from attending their teams' away matches.
Criciuma won Sunday's match 1-0.
Also on Sunday, a 24-year-old Botafogo fan was shot dead after the Guanabara Cup final against Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities were investigating whether the incident was related to fan violence.
Before the match, police confirmed it had to break up a confrontation between hundreds of fans from both clubs near Maracana.


Updated : 2021-07-31 07:06 GMT+08:00