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Futebol Brasileiro

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,...

Fluminense part ways with coach Ricardo Drubscky after eight games

Ricardo Drubscky was given less than two months in charge.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Fluminense say coach Ricardo Drubscky, who was hired less than two months ago, is leaving the club by mutual agreement.

The Rio de Janeiro club said the decision was made after a meeting with the coach on Wednesday.

Fluminense has started the Brazilian league season with a 1-0 home win over newly-promoted Joinville and a 4-1 loss at Atletico Mineiro.

Drubscky replaced Cristovao Borges, who was fired in March after poor performances in Rio's state championship. In total, he coached...

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as coach of Gremio in Brazil

Former Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is out as Gremio coach.

SAO PAULO -- Luiz Felipe Scolari is resigning as Gremio's coach after a poor start in the Brazilian league.

The club said on Tuesday that Scolari asked to leave because he was unable to improve the team. Gremio opened with a 3-3 home draw against recently promoted Ponte Preta and then lost 2-0 at Coritiba.

Before the Brazilian league started, Gremio struggled in the Rio Grande do Sul state championship, losing the final to rival Internacional.

Gremio president Romildo Bolzan said Scolari "did a...

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...