SAO PAULO (AP) — Another wave of fan violence hit Brazil over the weekend, with seats destroyed at a World Cup stadium in Fortaleza and dozens of supporters detained after clashes in Sao Paulo.
World Cup organizers on Monday said that more than 80 seats were destroyed at the Arena Castelao on Sunday by Fortaleza fans upset with the team missing out on promotion to the second division. A day earlier, more than 30 seats were damaged by fans of second-division club Ceara following a disappointing draw at the venue. The stadium will host six matches in next year's World Cup.
Police also confronted fan groups inside two other stadiums, including where Brazilian league leader Cruzeiro played on Sunday.
No serious injuries were reported in the incidents.
Several teams have been punished by Brazil's sports tribunal this year because of fan violence, and more penalties are expected after this weekend. Vasco da Gama, Corinthians and second-division club Palmeiras all have lost home-field advantage because of fan confrontations this year. The tribunal has already said it will look into the problems this weekend.
Little more than a week ago, the first-division match between Atletico Paranaense and Botafogo in the World Cup host city Curitiba was delayed at halftime because of fan fighting in the stands. That same weekend, a second-division game in the host city of Natal was delayed for nearly an hour as fans jumped onto the field to escape overcrowded stands.
The problem at the Arena Castelao happened after third-division club Fortaleza couldn't manage more than a 2-2 draw against Sampaio Correa, a result that kept the traditional northeastern club from having a chance to reach the second division. Nearly 60,000 Fortaleza fans packed the stadium, and some of them began destroying the seats after the final whistle.
The goal that sealed Fortaleza's elimination came in second-half injury time. Fortaleza was leading the match 2-0 until the 78th minute.
Local World Cup organizers said 82 seats were destroyed on Sunday, and another 34 had been damaged on Saturday by Ceara's supporters upset with the team's 1-1 home draw with Parana, a result that hurt the team's chances of making it to the first division next year.
Organizers said restrooms, protection fences and the door of a concession stand also were damaged during the weekend matches in Fortaleza. The cost of the damage was estimated at about $25,000. Repair work was expected to be completed this week.