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VAR my foot! Crazy scenes as fans storm pitch, destroy equipment after it ruled out their team’s goal

In Summary

  • Gremio are 19th in the Brasileiro Serie A.
  • Terrifying scenes witnessed after Gremio’s 3-1 loss to Palmeiras.

Fans of Brazilian first division team Gremio caused a major scene after the full-time whistle of their game against Palmeiras when they stormed the pitch and attempted to destroy the VAR area.

The scenes got very ugly as the supporters, who invaded the Arena do Gremio pitch, started destroying photographic equipment, battling stewards, hurling objects and throwing punches as the situation escalated.

Players had to take refuge in the tunnel and dressing room with Palmeiras midfielder having to hurriedly abandon his post-match interview and run into the dressing room.

Supporters of both clubs clashed in the stands and exchanged punches. Riot police arrived at the scene and managed to somewhat calm the situation and return the irate fans back to the stands. However, at this point, the damage had already been done.

Scenes from the pitch invasion. PHOTO/COURTESY
Riot police stand-off with tha fans. PHOTO/COURTESY

The fans were furious because they had a goal controversially ruled out for offside which would have made the game 2-2 and secured them a point. To add salt to injury, Palmeira’s Breno Lopes scored in the 94th minute and the match ended 3-1. A game they had led 1-0.

Gremio’s struggles this campaign

Gremio supporters were hopefully going into this season after finishing sixth last term but are now facing the possibility of relegation to the second tier. The club is 19th in Brasileiro Serie A with just 11 games left.

They signed Juventus winger Douglas Costa on loan and brought in defender Rafinha but results have not gone their way. Legendary boss Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned in October following the dismal results.

A fine could now be looming for the Brazilian club as chief prosecutor Ronaldo Botelho Piacente said, “The punishments for pitch invasions can be fines up to 100 million reals (KSh 2B) and playing behind closed doors for up to 10 games.”


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