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Closed gates at Maracana lead to incident ahead of Vasco da Gama-Fluminense

Brazilian football had another day of unprecedented chaos on Sunday when fans were allowed into the Maracana Stadium midway through the first half after a judge lifted a ban imposed when rival sides could not agree in which end their fans would sit.

The gates were opened around 30 minutes into a Rio state championship final to allow thousands of Vasco da Gama supporters, and a few from rivals Fluminense, into the ground.

Police had earlier fired pepper spray and percussion grenades in and around...

First funeral held for victims of Flamengo training academy fire

ESPN Brazil reporter Debora Gares joins Get Up to provide the latest from Flamengo's training center where a fire killed 10 teens.
A fire on Friday left 10 people dead and three people injured at Flamengo's training centre in Rio de Janeiro.

The funerals for the teenagers who died in the fire that swept through Flamengo's training ground in Rio de Janeiro started to take place on Sunday, while the club defended itself over the cause of the blaze that broke out in the unauthorized lodgings.

Ten boys aged between 14 and 16 were killed on Friday morning when a fire that started in an air conditioning unit ripped through the makeshift dormitory at Flamengo's training ground on the edge of Rio.

Three others were injured, one of them seriously.


Fire at Flamengo training centre in Rio de Janeiro kills 10 youth players

A fire on Friday killed 10 members and injured three others of Flamengo's youth team at the Brazilian football club's training centre in Rio de Janeiro.

Firefighters were called at 5:17 a.m. local time to control the blaze that started at the sleeping quarters of Flamengo's youth centre that had been expanded only two months ago.

Brazil's official news agency, citing the club, identified the 10 victims, whose ages range from 14 to 17. They are: Athila Paixao (14 years), Arthur Vinicius Barros da...