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Palmeiras sack Oswaldo de Oliveira after slow start to the season

Palmeiras sacked Oswaldo de Oliveira, right, after picking up only one win in its first six matches.

SAO PAULO -- Palmeiras has announced that it has fired coach Oswaldo de Oliveira after the team won only one of its first six matches in the Brazilian league.

Tuesday's announcement came two days after the club lost 2-1 at Figueirense to drop to 15th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.

In Oliveira's six months in charge, Palmeiras won 17 matches, drew seven and lost another seven. He led the club to the final of the Sao Paulo state championship earlier this year, when it...

Palmeiras forward Dudu suspended six months for shoving referee

Dudu shoved a ref after receiving a red card in Palmeiras' state championship final against Santos.

SAO PAULO -- A Brazilian sports tribunal has suspended Palmeiras forward Dudu for six months for shoving a referee during the Sao Paulo state championship this month.

Dudu used his forearms to shove referee Guilherme Ceretta de Lima from behind after being shown a red card in the second leg of the state final on May 3. Santos striker Geovanio also was sent off as both players got tangled while fighting for a ball inside the area.

Palmeiras is expected to appeal Monday's ruling. Last year, Corinthians...

Palmeiras' Jorge Valdivia banned two matches for calling refs 'thieves'

Jorge Valdivia will be forced to sit out the first two games of next year's Paulista championship, if he's still in Brazil.

SAO PAULO -- A Brazilian sports tribunal has suspended Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia for two matches for calling referees "thieves."

Valdivia was found guilty of using the term to describe the officiators in the final of the Sao Paulo state championship last month.

Valdivia wasn't playing in the match, but referee Vinicius Furlan wrote in his report that the player made the accusations in the tunnel that led to the changing rooms at Palmeiras' Allianz Parque.

The ban means Valdivia will miss the...

Palmeiras fan dies from injuries suffered in brutal postgame attack

SAO PAULO -- A Palmeiras fan has died from head injuries after being attacked by Santos supporters following the teams' match in the final of the Sao Paulo state championship at the weekend.

Authorities said Wednesday the 25-year-old fan was not able to recover from the injuries sustained after Palmeiras defeated Santos 1-0 in the first leg of the final on Sunday.

Claudio Morais, a member of one of Palmeiras' biggest fan groups, had been hospitalized in an intensive care unit.

He was with a group...

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Referee spells out Alex's name with vanishing spray

Some referees are clearly more artsy than others, and that was certainly the case in Alexsandro de Souza's testimonial match on Saturday.

Former Brazil captain Alex, now 37, pulled together some famous names from his career for the game at Palmeiras -- who he played for in three separate spells.

But the ref stole the limelight by spelling out his name in vanishing spray before he took a free kick.

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot certainly enjoyed it.