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Football Fans Riot At World Cup Stadium. Brazilian Police Fire Percussion Grenades!

Soccer riots are, unfortunately not a completely uncommon occurrence, but this riot in Brazil, at the Estadio Castelao pitch, was a big one that made its way from the stands and down onto the field.

It happened after a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the Ceara state championship that gave Fortaleza the victory on aggregate over their city rivals Ceara.

The game got really intense at the end of the second half, when Fortaleza was holding onto a 1-0 lead in the game and a 3-1 aggregate lead. But in the 81st minute Ceara scored and they scored again in the 90th and it looked like the game was heading to overtime. But Fortaleza scored a dramatic goal just 2 minutes later to win the championship.

Their fans were obviously excited but that excitement lead to awful violence and the riots you see in the above video. Opposing team fans fought each other, threw seats as well as parts of the stage being set up for the prize-giving ceremony.

Police fired in percussion grenades and smoke bombs to try and quell the violence.

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