Match in Brazil abandoned after nine players sent off following mass punch-up

by Jared Lewis February 21, 2018, 0:27
Match in Brazil abandoned after nine players sent off following mass punch-up

It all started when Vinicius equalised from the penalty spot four minutes after half-time and celebrated with a provocative dance in front of the Vitoria supporters which led to a mass brawl.

Vinícius' celebration prompted a massive melee between both sets of players, with Vitoria's goalkeeper Fernando Miguel taking umbrage with the opposition forward.

Vitoria v Bahia was prematurely ended by the match officials after the referee sent off nine players in an ill-tempered Salvador derby.

Two more players, one from each side, were sent off a couple of minutes later, as tempers frayed and trouble spread to the terraces.

And according to Article 56 of the General Rules of Competitions, teams are not permitted to play with fewer than seven.

Defender Bruno Bispo tried several times to get a red card from referee, blocking a Bahia player's attempts to take a free kick.

Two of Brazil's biggest clubs took to the pitch yesterday, and everyone involved should've known there was something amiss when a player was given a yellow card within the very first minute of play.

After things were calmed down, the referee brandished his red card to send off five Bahia players, including three who were on the substitutes bench, and three players from Vitoria.

Brazil's sporting court will now decide the action for the indiscipline and the result of this fixture.

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