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Brazilian brawl

AFTER scoring the fifth goal in Ulbra's 5-2 win over Brasil in the Rio Grande do Sul state football tournament, midfielder Rogerio Pereira apparently lost his sense of direction.

Instead of the traditional celebration in front of team fans, who packed Bento Freitas Stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Pelotas on Thursday, he frolicked in front of the fans of the losing team. Enraged by what they considered a taunt aimed at humiliating them, Brasil players pounced on Ulbra players in a free-for-all with team officials also going at each other with punches and kicks. The 15-minute brawl ended when helmeted police troops, wielding rubber truncheons, rushed into the field to separate the two sides. No one was seriously injured.


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