A Coritiba fan looks worse for wear after scuffles with police
Some fans take relegation well, with a shrug of the shoulders or a few tears. Not in South America though, where relegation can be greeted with a carnival of violence.
Such was the case in Brazil on Sunday, when Coritiba ‘welcomed’ Fluminense to the Estadio Couto Pereira. The teams drew 1-1, a result that was good enough to save the relegation-threatened visitors but – you guessed it – also consign Coritiba to the second division.
Here’s how the final table looked at the wrong end:
With Botafogo’s shock 2-1 victory over Palmeiras, a win would have been the only result to save Coritiba and doom Fluminense.
So you can understand why Coritiba’s fans were a teensy bit