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América

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man loses hand in firecracker explosion during fan brawl in Brazil

Fan violence continues to be a problem at Brazilian stadiums big and small.

A man lost his hand in a confrontation between fan groups during a match between Rio de Janeiro Serie B clubs Olario and America on Wednesday.

The fan's right hand was injured while attacking another supporter, the head of Rio stadium security, Joao Fiorentini, told Globo on Thursday night.

"The guy only lost his hand because he was attacking another holding a firecracker. If he hadn't attacked, none of this would've happened," said Fiorentini of the incident.

The brawl, which resulted in two injuries,...

Brazil great Romario to take charge of Rio-based America

Brazil celebrate their hard-fought victory over Italy in the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties.
Romario, shown here holding the World Cup, is one greatest living legends of Brazilian football.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Former Brazil star striker Romario is expected to become president of the small Rio de Janeiro club America.

He is the sole candidate in elections that started Tuesday at the club, which is in the second division of Rio's championship.

Romario, elected a Brazilian senator earlier this month, said it was the chance to fulfill the dream of his father, a lifelong America fan.

Romario said his aim is to ``bring America back to the top flight in the Brazilian league.''

Founded in 1904,...