159 seconds of carnage is a scary reminder of football’s dark days

Merseyside, Manchester or London, if each cities respective derbies were happening, an innocuous coming together of two rival players, would provoke the British ‘handbags’, an odd yellow card and a few foul-mouthed chants from the fans.

And now, to up the ante slightly, let’s say the incidental coming together occurred in the 89th minute, with the game delicately poised at 1-1, would you expect to see the above carnage?

Jacaré striker Nunes and Gama’s right-back Dudu Gago had a seemingly pointless, for want of a better word, spat and in a matter of seconds the pitch was covered with fans, players and management of each team and clashes broke out all over the place.

Reinaldo, former Flamengo and Sao Paulo, who scored Jacaré’s goal in the match, had the following to say after the melee had died down and the military police had taken control:

“I think it’s everybody’s fault.

“First, it has to start with the referee. He is the authority on the field. I think if I knew that the game was going to get violent, I would have sorted out whoever it was (causing it), Gama or Brasiliense.

“The players of the two teams are also to blame, no doubt. We were very sad about this fact today. We hope that nobody has been hurt, but it is something that makes us very sad.

“The fault is everyone, players, refereeing, and also those fans who come just to fight”


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Despite the scenes being reminiscent of football’s darker hooliganism-based days, amazingly no one was arrested. And, thankfully, there was just the one injury, with a police officer being admitted to hospital with a cut to the face.

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