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Mar 13, 2013

Brazil to play in charity match

Brazil are to play a friendly against Bolivia in which all proceeds will be donated to the family of a 14-year-old boy who was killed by a flare during a recent Copa Libertadores game.

The incident took place during Corinthians' 1-1 draw with San Jose at the Bolivian side's Jesus Bermudez stadium in Oruro on February 20.

Kevin Beltran Espada, a young San Jose supporter, was hit in the eye and later died in hospital due to head injuries. A 17-year-old Corinthians fan has since admitted to lighting the flare.

The Brazilian national side will play a friendly on April 5 in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and will give their share of the gate money to Beltran's family, Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) President Jose Maria Marin said.

"They will go, play and come back on the same day," Marin said. "It's a sacrifice, but they will do it to show sporting solidarity, not just on behalf of the CBF but from the Brazilian people."

April 5 is not an official FIFA date so Brazil are unlikely to call on European-based players, according to Reuters.

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